By Caroline Linden
From award-winning writer Caroline Linden comes a stunning story of seduction, intrigue, and unforeseen classes in love…
Charlotte Griffolino is familiar with a rake whilst she sees one—and the guy her niece longs to marry most certainly qualifies. Stuart Drake is good-looking, charming—and penniless. that he's drawn to greater than Susan’s enormous inheritance is very not going. That he'll be resistant to Charlotte’s attract is much more unlikely…
With a Viscount name in his destiny, Stuart expects it shouldn’t be tough to marry an heiress. nonetheless, as soon as he meets Charlotte, how challenging will or not it's to allure her? really, really. Now Stuart has just one alternative: to take revenge on her via seduction. yet studying what this lady wishes may well purely go away him hungry for extra…
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She wanted an individual to place her in her position. “Very good, you'll visit London,” she introduced all at once. “I shall opt for you. in truth, I shall take you. And after we locate Susan, you’ll inform her every little thing approximately your merciless plan to marry her for her fortune. You’ll inform her approximately your makes an attempt to wreck different heiresses, and the way you have been banished from London via your personal father in your wild methods. And you’ll beg her pardon for deceiving her into trusting you. ” Stuart leaned opposed to the bedpost and studied her. She appeared relatively raveled, her darkish curls falling out of a unfastened knot and her cloak askew. “That’s the genuine subject, isn’t it? You’re disillusioned she depended on me. ” “Don’t be ridiculous. She was once tricked through your lies. ” “You advised her to prevent me just like the plague, and nonetheless she sought me out once your again used to be turned,” he stated as she aimed the pistol back. “This, my pricey, smacks of wounded satisfaction. ” “It’s now not your satisfaction I’ll wound. ” Charlotte desired to shoot him simply to take the smile off his face. How dare he mock her? “All correct. I’ll visit London with you, given that you’re protecting a pistol on me, and you'll fulfill your suspicions that your niece eloped with me—that is what I’m accused of, is it no longer? And if I’ve lied to you”—he opened his hands in a misleading gesture of defenselessness—“you may perhaps take your revenge in anyway you opt. ” “I shall,” vowed Charlotte. “But if you’re incorrect ... ” He shook his head, a depraved smile on his lips. “Then I shall get what i would like. You. For one evening. ” Her middle stuttered for a moment. What unimaginable gall. She might by no means conform to one of these factor. provide herself to him for an evening! She could quicker provide herself to a hungry undergo. She speedily thought of the opportunity that he used to be telling the reality. yet no, it couldn’t be. He had already confirmed himself a liar and a manipulator, a grasp of having his manner with girls. He have been at the balcony final evening with Susan, and Charlotte hadn’t heard a whisper of one other guy from someone, now not from Susan, no longer from the servants, no longer even from the gossips. It needed to be Stuart Drake who used to be liable for Susan’s disappearance, Stuart Drake who knew the place she was once or the place she was once going, and Stuart Drake who had simply made a breathtakingly outré advice to name her bluff. If he idea she will be intimidated or deterred by way of any such factor, he was once unfortunately unsuitable. “Fine,” she stated coolly. “Let’s be off. ” He was once immobile for a second, observing her. Then he became again to the trunk and commenced throwing issues into it left and correct. “Give me twenty mins. ” Charlotte employed a personal carriage whereas Stuart stood speaking to the innkeeper as though he hadn’t a care on the earth. She glared at him as she entire counting out the cash. The breeze ruffled his darkish hair throughout his brow, and a smile curved his sensual mouth; effective traces crinkled round his eyes while he smiled like that, taking the sting off an another way wolfish expression. A pleasant wolf, she idea all at once, that’s what he appears like, along with his lengthy skinny nostril and large mouth.