A Most Scandalous Engagement by Gayle Callen

By Gayle Callen

Might 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 earlier in the back of her. yet who could have imagined that one conceited act may possibly throw her complete international into chaos . . . and strength her towards a loveless marriage? In desperation, she ways her early life buddy, Peter Derby, with a bold plan. Peter nonetheless recalls the wild and lively woman who had stolen his middle. yet may possibly the rumors be actual: is she the version for the scandalous portray placing 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 complete fact. yet Peter has his personal principles approximately this sham "engagement" to the beautiful attractiveness who is continually been simply out of his reach—and he is prepared to incite another scandal to make her middle really his.

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Of course not, Peter. You were not the only man to show interest when she emerged from mourning. You even spent time at Madingley Court right after he returned from India. ” “Only at first, Your Grace,” he said smoothly—too smoothly. ” Elizabeth could not let this interrogation go on. It was time to play her new part, freshly “in love” with Peter Derby. She would use the memory of the P a g e | 63 portrait to make herself blush. But when she swept into the room, and Peter rose quickly to his feet, the way he looked at her made her stumble as she came to a stop.

It truly bothered her how William could make her feel inadequate about herself. She wasn’t inadequate; she was taking control, making her own future happen, dealing with threats. P a g e | 54 Lucy sank back against the sofa. “It is all so . . dangerous, Elizabeth. ” “I know, but I won’t allow it. ” “Of course. And you’ll be able to keep this from Mr. ” She pushed to her feet. ” She ignored Lucy’s worried look, knowing that her friend suspected there was more to the story. Lucy followed along behind, but they didn’t hurry back to William and the rest of the Gibson family.

For just a moment she let him see her seriousness. ” She was still hurt, and didn’t care if he knew it. “And I never thought you would keep such reckless secrets. With your behavior, I can’t even imagine the things you’re hiding. ” The edge of her annoyance was sharp and brittle. “I am not reckless. ” “Gladly. ” She spoke stiffly, between smiling lips. “You’re not convincing anyone of your infatuation with me,” he chided, letting her go as another man approached. She lifted her nose in the air and turned away.

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