Bartered Bride by Anne Herries

By Anne Herries

Her hand in marriage traded in a video game of playing cards, blameless Lottie is totally out of her intensity engaged to a consummate bachelor Lord Rothsay. not just is a prolific womanizer, he is additionally a ruthless streak, leaving Lottie anxious approximately revealing that she is not the girl he'd agreed to marry!

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His lips curled in scorn as his gaze swept over her. He thought the colour in her cheeks deepened. Was she remembering the night in Paris when he had caught her going through Ralph’s pockets? ‘Miss Stanton,’ he said and took two strides towards her, inclining his head. ‘Welcome to Rothsay Park. ’ Sir Charles looked hesitantly at his daughter. ’ The scorn in Nicolas’s voice assaulted his own ears. He was being rude to a guest and, as his father would have told him, that was unforgivable. In his father’s day it would have resulted in a beating and no supper.

More fool them,’ Henrietta replied, a sparkle in her eye. ‘Besides, it is no such thing. ’ His dark eyes smouldered, a mutinous, brooding expression on lips that could at certain moments be sensual and passionate, but were, these days, more often set in lines of disdain or disappointment. His memory strayed to a woman he had known some years previously, when he was first a green youth on the town. ‘The lady will give you an heir—or more than one to be safe. In return, you will keep her in comfort for the rest of her life.

Nicolas turned his head as his butler spoke. ‘I have shown them into the green drawing room, as you requested. ’ ‘Yes, you may bring it in ten minutes,’ Nicolas said. ’ He was unsmiling as he walked briskly towards the green drawing room at the back of the house. He had waited for some protest, some inkling that the lady wished to withdraw, but none had been forthcoming. He could only hope that the young woman might give him some reason to request an end to this impossible arrangement. ‘Yes, Father, it is very beautiful,’ he heard the young woman’s clear voice as he stood outside the door.

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