By Stephanie Laurens
New York occasions bestselling writer Stephanie Laurens has created a few of romance's so much unforgettable novels. Now she has created her so much provocative love story--and striking hero--to date. this is often the booklet that dares to invite the query: who's this man's excellent bride?
Michael Anstruther-Wetherby is a emerging member of Parliament--a guy destined for energy. Aristocratic, dependent, and without problems fascinating, he's simply smug sufficient to catch the curiosity of the women of the ton. And together with his connections to the rich and influential Cynster family--his sister is married to satan Cynster, the Duke of St. Ives--his destiny seems assured.
Except that Michael lacks the only most crucial component to good fortune: a wife.
Political strain sends him looking for his perfect bride, a carefully bred, malleable younger woman, ideally one with a political historical past. Michael discovers this type of paragon yet unearths an impressive challenge in his path--the younger lady's attractive, strong-minded aunt--Caroline Sutcliffe.
One of London's premiere diplomatic hostesses, Caro has type and standing yet, having lived via an unsatisfied political marriage, desires not anything of the kind for her niece, who has already misplaced her center to another.
So Caro and the more youthful girl hatch a plot--Caro will reveal why an green younger girl isn't the bride for Michael. She succeeds in convincing him that what he particularly wishes is a girl of expertise via his side.
And the right candidate is true below his nose--Caro herself. Then it's Michael's flip to be persuasive, a role that calls for each ounce of his seductive appeal as he tempts and tantalizes Caro, looking to persuade her that changing into his bride will carry her all her middle wants . . . and more.
But then a sequence of mysterious, and unsafe, injuries befall Caro--an assailant has stepped in with their very own thought for Caro's future--one that can contain homicide. ahead of Caro can develop into Michael's perfect bride, they have to race to discover the unknown's identification prior to all desire of what they lengthy for, and need for, is destroyed.
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Perhaps. ' she declared bitterly. ' She presented her back to him then, groping in the bag that hung from one shoulder for the handkerchief she couldn't find. Jason watched her helpless fumblings for several minutes, and then extracted his own handkerchief from his pocket and handed it to her. But instead of thanking him, as he had expected, she snatched the pristine square of white linen and threw it on the floor, deliberately grinding the heel of her boot upon it. Jason stared, bleak-eyed, as she kicked the now soiledhandkerchief aside, and rubbed her nose unhygienically on the back of her hand.
Miss Holland was only too willing to agree, but she , followed Alexandra into her room when the woman had gone, and sank down rather wearily onto the bed. ' she asked, as the girl walked rather thoughtfully towards the open balcony doors, and Alexandra looked back at her with some misgivings. ' she exclaimed, trying to subdue the irritating feeling of anti-climax she herself was feeling, and her companion gave a somewhat helpless shrug of her shoulders. 'I get the feeling we're not altogether welcome," she confessed, taking out her handkerchief and wiping the grime of the journey from her, rather anxious features.
He knew instinctively that Miss Holland would have taken the post, wherever it was. She had that sort of de- feated air about her that smacked of too many interviews and too many disappointments. Nowadays, people wanted modern young governessess for their children, not middle- aged women, however well qualified. Miss Holland just wanted to work, and he wondered how long it was since she had done so. Still, he reflected wryly, he had enough prob- lems of his own right now. He couldn't be blamed for what was indisputably evident.