By Ava Stone

A Regency historic Novel - ebook 4 of the Scandalous Series...

After years of abuse by the hands of her mom, Cordelia Avery is aware the one approach out is marriage to the fitting guy. a guy who will enable her the entire freedom she has ever craved. and she or he has the suitable guy picked out. The scandalous Marquess of Haversham is probably not excellent to someone else, yet taking the man’s black recognition into account, Cordie believes she’ll take pleasure in all of the freedom she’s continuously needed for in his disreputable hands. If simply she may get her middle to move besides the plan and to forestall jumping at any time when Lord Adonis…er…the Earl of Clayworth is within reach. however the very right earl is such a lot usually the incorrect variety for her reasons.

Brendan Reese, the Earl of Clayworth, has no goal of ever marrying back. He’s nonetheless attempting to freshen up the mess his first spouse left him, even years after her demise. To all of the international, Clayworth is the epitome of the appropriate English gentleman, and he so needs that photo used to be the reality. however the fact, because it usually could be, is grotesque. in spite of everything, an ideal English gentleman may by no means have a traitor for a mom. And until Clayworth can locate the facts his overdue spouse concealed, he may well face the gallows himself. yet an opportunity stumble upon with the reckless Cordelia Avery offers him the easiest lead he’s had in years to eventually placing his family’s previous to leisure. regrettably, targeting something except leave out Avery turns out an almost most unlikely job.

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Damn Caroline for bringing his late sister into this. ―You took her riding in the park today. If not to court her, what was your intent? ‖ she asked, her hazel eyes assessing him. All he needed was Caroline looking into his motivations. He almost winced, but kept his features relaxed. She would notice that, and he couldn‘t risk the questions that would surely follow. ―She caught my interest last night,‖ he replied honestly. A relieved smile lit Caroline‘s lips. ―I knew it. I could tell the way you looked at her when you danced.

Would he even be able to focus on the job at hand if she was around, tempting him with her very presence? And if she was gone, he didn‘t have an excuse to visit Avery House. It was a quandary indeed. As they reached the study, Brendan held the door open, then followed his nephew inside. He quickly poured himself the brandy he desperately needed after his journey. Then he took a second snifter and poured just enough for a swallow. He handed Thomas the dash of brandy and seated himself opposite the boy in one of the room‘s overstuffed leather chairs.

Before she could find out, Cordie was surprised to discover the dowager had assigned her to be seated between Lord Astwick and Lord Clayworth at the table. As the youngest daughter of a mere baron, she was generally at the other end of the room when it came to gatherings such as this. But the dowager had raised her ancient brow and said in a crystal clear voice that she could do whatever she wanted in her own home. Once seated, Lord Astwick chuckled and inclined his head towards Cordie as everyone else started in on their turtle soup.

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