By Gayle Callen
May well she be the brazen girl who posed for the scandalous portrait? woman Elizabeth Cabot is not any longer the reckless lady she as soon as used to be. Now the darling of the ton, she is decided to place her previous at the back of her. yet who could have imagined that one conceited act might throw her complete global into chaos . . . and strength her towards a loveless marriage? In desperation, she methods her youth good friend, Peter Derby, with a bold plan. Peter nonetheless recollects the wild and lively lady who had stolen his center. yet may the rumors be actual: is she the version for the scandalous portray putting in London's so much unique gentlemen's membership? If Peter has the same opinion to pose as her fianc?, Elizabeth has promised to bare the entire fact. yet Peter has his personal principles approximately this sham "engagement" to the beautiful good looks who is consistently been simply out of his reach—and he is prepared to incite another scandal to make her center actually his.
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Good morning, Mr. Derby,” she said, gliding into the room. He bowed to her. ” Once she’d settled herself onto the sofa, he sat down across from her. “I understand you’re taking Elizabeth out for a ride this morning,” the duchess said. “So I am. ” Though she continued to smile at him, her black eyes seemed shadowed with curiosity and confusion. ” “She is well, thank you. ” She nodded, but he sensed she had more on her mind than polite conversation. “Mr. Derby . . ” She used his Christian name, smiling faintly, knowing she’d earned the right long ago.
My father felt the need to constantly prove himself better than others—better than a duke. The fact that he could not afford to educate both his sons embarrassed him so badly that I almost received no education at all. My mother made him realize that I’d never marry well without one. ” “You never told me this,” she said slowly. P a g e | 57 “You were younger, and unaware. ” His expression remained impassive. “And you have proven yourself, Peter,” she said softly. “That’s not important. ” She took a deep breath, looking about at the guests, who tried to watch them without really watching.
And if our childhood friendship isn’t enough, then I P a g e | 46 will make a bargain with you. If you agree to a false engagement, and allow me to break it off when I need to, I will tell you the truth about the painting. ” She watched him closely, waiting, not even breathing, Peter thought. Something had driven her to such a desperate act, and he had to understand why. To hell with the wager. ” “I won’t answer your questions, Peter. That’s part of the bargain. In return for your help and your silence, you’ll defeat your friends.
A Most Scandalous Engagement by Gayle Callen