A Scandalous Past by Ava Stone

By Ava Stone

A Regency old Novel - publication 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 definitely the right guy. a guy who will permit her all of the freedom she has ever craved. and he or she has the ideal guy picked out. The scandalous Marquess of Haversham is probably not excellent to a person else, yet taking the man’s black popularity into consideration, Cordie believes she’ll get pleasure from all of the freedom she’s continuously needed for in his disreputable palms. If in simple terms she may possibly get her middle to move in addition to the plan and to prevent jumping at any time when Lord Adonis…er…the Earl of Clayworth is close by. however the very right earl is so much usually the incorrect style for her reasons.

Brendan Reese, the Earl of Clayworth, has no purpose of ever marrying back. He’s nonetheless attempting to freshen up the mess his first spouse left him, even years after her loss of life. To the entire global, Clayworth is the epitome of the proper English gentleman, and he so needs that photo used to be the reality. however the fact, because it usually should be, is grotesque. in the end, an ideal English gentleman may by no means have a traitor for a mom. And except Clayworth can locate the proof his overdue spouse concealed, he may well face the gallows himself. yet an opportunity come across with the reckless Cordelia Avery provides him the simplest lead he’s had in years to ultimately placing his family’s prior to leisure. regrettably, targeting something except omit Avery turns out a virtually most unlikely job.

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Haversham was on the ground five feet away from her with Clayworth standing over him, fire in his twilight eyes. Then the earl scowled at her. ‖ She hated being ordered about. Over the last few weeks she‘d had to follow every stricture from her mother. She‘d been kept from her dearest friend. She‘d been made a prisoner in her own home. She hadn‘t enjoyed one moment of freedom—except for those few moments she‘d spent in Haversham‘s company. The Earl of Clayworth would not dictate to her. Hands on her hips, she glared back at him.

And don‘t stumble around with your words. ‖ She hoped that seemed firm enough, not that she wanted to handle a man like Clayworth, but she didn‘t want the woman to bite her head off. ―So,‖ the dowager began, ―you‘ve caught everyone‘s attention, Miss Avery. And now that you have it, what do you intend to do with it? ‖ ―My lady, you flatter me. I—‖ ―My intent is not to flatter you, but to get a straight answer. That fellow over there has been a friend of my family for years, though he doesn‘t visit enough for anyone to know it.

Fidgety. Restless. But no less stunning. ―The pleasure is, of course, mine,‖ Brendan replied smoothly. ‖ Miss Avery looked as though she‘d just been sentenced to hard labor in Australia, but her mother beamed. ―Oh, my lord, Cordelia would be honored. ‖ Miss Avery‘s green eyes flickered to meet Brendan‘s gaze. ―Yes, honored,‖ she dutifully replied. If he didn‘t know better, he‘d think she truly meant it. Cordelia Avery was as good a liar as he was. He made a mental note of the fact and smiled back at her.

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