Beguiling the Beauty (Berkley Sensation)

By Sherry Thomas

Whilst the Duke of Lexington meets the mysterious Baroness von Seidlitz-Hardenberg on a transatlantic liner, he's interested. She’s precisely what he’s been looking for—a appealing girl who pursuits and entices him. He falls tough and fast—and quickly proposes marriage.

And then she disappears with no trace…

For in truth, the “baroness” is Venetia Easterbrook—a right younger widow who had her personal vengeful purposes for instigating an affair with the duke. however the plan has backfired. Venetia has fallen in love with the guy she despised—and there’s no telling what may perhaps ensue while she is ultimately unmasked…

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So commonly used, this sensation of last the gap among them. Any second now, he could smile and supply her his arm. they'd stand jointly and appreciate her remarkable discovery. And not anything, not anything, might ever pull them asunder back. Then she’d spotted his expression: that of a guy sleepwalking. a guy bewitched, his will confiscated, his colleges forsaken. He had no longer exaggerated. Such response at the a part of a guy used to mortify her—it proven that she used to be a freak. yet coming from him, she cherished it.

And also you didn’t inform me something. ” Hastings straightened, groaning. “How were you aware? ” “I observed your faces while the 2 of you have been taking your flip within the backyard. It was once undeniable as day you have been protecting whatever over her. ” He must have taken it up with Hastings quicker, however the Cresswell & Graves judgements couldn’t wait from now on. And Millie’s corporation have been so agreeable, he’d de-layed his departure from the home many times. Incomprehensible—she was once his spouse; her corporation used to be his every time he sought after.

I have to have believed that if i may do this, then i may turn out him mistaken in every little thing else, and that's now not how a loving, beneficiant individual should imagine. ” “You are wrong,” he stated firmly. “Let me inform you anything approximately my stepmother, some of the most loving, beneficiant people I’ve had the great fortune of figuring out. My father, nonetheless, was once now not. you recognize what she did? each time he introduced a brand new mistress lower than our roof, she’d throw darts on the portrait of him he gave her for his or her marriage ceremony. We either did, spending some of the main friendly hours of my adolescence desecrating his likeness.

Then she crossed the road and disappeared less than the bushes of critical Park. Venetia was once vaguely conscious of the timber, the ponds and bridges, the younger women and men zipping by way of on their defense bicycles. the ocean lions on the menagerie barked; the youngsters clamored to determine the polar bears; a violin wailed the mournful notes of “Méditation” from Thaïs—yet all she heard was once the duke’s inescapable voice. the girl would prefer your top rooms. the girl needs to visit the 15th flooring. Your map, madam. He had no correct to seem precious and gentlemanly, he who’d judged her as though he knew every little thing there has been to understand approximately her.

The punch to Hastings’s stomach hadn’t harm, however the one to his face had. the fellow had a cranium demanding as an ingot. “You could have deserved it. You knew it was once Andrew Martin, didn’t you? and also you didn’t inform me a specific thing. ” Hastings straightened, groaning. “How do you know? ” “I observed your faces while the 2 of you have been taking your flip within the backyard. It used to be simple as day you have been keeping anything over her. ” He must have taken it up with Hastings faster, however the Cresswell & Graves judgements couldn’t wait any further.

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