The Perfect Stranger (Merridew Series)

By Anne Gracie

They vow to like, honor, cherish...

With her signature spirit, religion Merridew has left every thing she’s ever identified for the guy she idea was once the affection of her existence. as a substitute he leaves her name—and dreams—in the airborne dirt and dust. that's, till she crosses paths with Nicholas Blacklock, a Waterloo veteran, who bargains to avoid wasting her popularity with a wedding of convenience.

...and then get to understand one other.

A hardened soldier, Nick hides a dangerous secret—and attempts to maintain religion at arm’s size. yet although Nick can command legions of guys with a notice, his orders pass sweetly missed via his handy bride. And as they arrive to grasp each other extra deeply, she brings out in him issues he notion lifeless: gentleness, laughter…and love…

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She gave him a rueful glance. “It by no means even happened to me, Stevens. ” “Why ever no longer, leave out? without doubt you knew what humans might say! ” “No,” she acknowledged easily. “The factor is, eloping is anything of a practice in my family members. My father and mother ran away to Italy to get married. ” She hugged her knees, and her voice grew wistful. “I grew up listening to approximately it. They have been thoroughly and beautifully in love until eventually they day they died…” the fireplace sputtered, and much away, seagulls fought over a few morsel of meals.

We needs to rejoice! ” And so the get together all started. An absolute banquet poured from the kitchen, dish after dish of fantastic nutrition, the simplest morsels coming first continually to the blushing bride and groom, washed down with bottle after bottle of champagne. And as soon as the nutrition were eaten, a mess around, an accordion, and a flute have been produced via buyers, and there has been song and making a song. Enthusiastic arms got rid of tables and chairs, then dragged religion and Nicholas out to the heart of the ground, and the dancing started.

Religion stared at him, marveling at his calm. One guy opposed to 3. He was once tall and broad-shouldered, yet now not as heavyset because the 3. They have been most likely this type of ruffians who absolutely bristled with knives, too. And although he had his pistols, they'd in basic terms account for 2, at top. He appeared completely unworried by way of the atrocious odds. abruptly a wave of self-disgust washed over her. This guy, a stranger whose identify she didn’t even recognize, used to be risking his existence for her. She shouldn’t cower at the back of him, letting him and his puppy protect her from assault.

She hugged her knees, and her voice grew wistful. “I grew up listening to approximately it. They have been thoroughly and beautifully in love until eventually they day they died…” the hearth sputtered, and much away, seagulls fought over a few morsel of nutrients. “You acknowledged you notion he was once a Hungarian violinist,” Nick triggered. “Wasn’t he? ” “No! good, yes—he is almost definitely a violinist and an incredibly gifted one, yet he wasn’t Hungarian in any respect! He was once Bulgarian. ” Nick frowned. “And it mattered—his being Bulgarian? ” “No, in fact now not.

Right away she lay underneath a velvet darkish sky scattered with 1000000 vivid stars, with a hot fireplace crackling lightly within reach. And better of all, she had the heat and power of her husband’s palms round her. Why fear approximately nights of the longer term whilst she may well take pleasure in what she had now? She heaved an immense sigh. “What is it? ” he requested. “Oh, not anything. simply that i need to thanks for this…this…” Oh God, the following it comes, Nick idea. The assertion. “This complete inspiration of dwelling within the second, taking a look neither ahead nor back,” she stated.

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