By Courtney Milan
Ash Turner has waited a life-time to hunt revenge at the guy who ruined his family—and now the time for justice has arrived. At Parford Manor, he intends to take his position because the rightful inheritor to the dukedom and settle an previous rating with the present duke as soon as and for all. yet in its place he reveals himself attracted to a tempting attractiveness who has the facility to undo all his goals of vengeance….
Lady Margaret understands she may still despise the fellow who is stolen her fortune and her father's legacy—the guy she's been ordered to undercover agent on within the guise of a nurse. but the extra she learns in regards to the new duke, the fewer she will be able to face up to his smoldering charm. quickly Margaret and Ash locate themselves torn among outdated loyalties—and the tantalizing promise of passion….
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No longer any more. ” His breath all started back in painful reduction. “We have been betrothed while i used to be nineteen. The betrothal lasted a number of years. ” “Isn’t that relatively lengthy for an engagement? ” “It’s a pleasant size for a guy who doesn’t desire to marry. ” He itched to the touch her, to run his hand down her backbone until eventually her eyes warmed. “Is it churlish of me to confess I’m happy you cried off? ” “Not churlish. simply not…based honestly. A yr in the past, whilst he visited, I introduced the problem to a head, to determine if he ever quite meant to marry me. It used to be no longer the 1st time I had requested. however it used to be the main forceful. ” “And he admitted he had no purpose of doing so. ” “Wrong back, Mr. Turner. He insisted he meant to take action in his personal sturdy time. He was once greater than prepared to provide me a token of his strong intentions. ” sour disdain touched her voice. “I take it his token was once now not a marriage date. ” “No. It wasn’t. His good judgment went anything like this: as soon as he deflowered me, i'll belief his observe as a gentleman that he’d do correct via me. ultimately. ” “Christ. ” Ash easily stared at her. He may well think how that had transpired. It was once now not a real betrothal she was once speaking approximately; it was once a mystery one. So mystery, it sounds as if, that the guy forgot to say it to his associates or relations. not anything yet an excuse to kiss her. contact her. To have her, whereas sweeping her protestations below the rug. without doubt she’d been younger and weak whilst it had begun, and because it had long gone on, his lies had doubtless made her all of the extra weak. No ask yourself she shied clear of gents who discovered her appealing. “Pardon me,” he stated. “That should be the main mangled common sense i've got ever heard. i've got heard males say a few damnably silly issues to get a lady in mattress, yet that exact line might win a prize in a tavern contest. ” “And i thought him. ” Margaret spoke softly, yet now he may possibly listen that line of anger in her voice. “I believed him. after which i discovered out—” She stopped back, in short, and picked up herself. “I discovered it used to be all lies. ” He desired to kiss her now. now not for excitement. no longer for the sensual pleasure of her. yet for convenience. to inform her that now not all males have been untrustworthy liars. yet that kiss could were for his profit, now not hers. the very last thing she wanted now used to be extra actual importunity. What she actually wanted after that confession… Ash sighed. “Was he not less than any reliable at it? ” She choked and jerked clear of him. “Ash,” she acknowledged, her voice unsteady, “I simply instructed you i used to be no longer a virgin. part the lads in the market might think that my advantage was once long past. That it wouldn’t be a rape when you took me, whether I protested. ” What an appalling sentiment. “Well,” he acknowledged after an ungainly pause, “that solutions my query. He used to be bad. ” She appeared up at him, her eyes narrowed. He easily appeared again at her, and waited for her breath to fall into evenness. See? I shan’t damage you. “Yes,” she acknowledged slowly, as though she have been simply figuring out the reality of it. “He was once poor, wasn’t he? in reality, he used to be fairly, fairly undesirable at it. ” As she spoke, a small smile touched her lips.