The Cad by Edith Layton

By Edith Layton

Intimate StrangersBridget Cooke possesses the presents London society prizes: genteel manners, intelligence, a lovely determine. She lacks, even if, a fortune. A spouse to icy family members, Bridget resigns herself to a lifetime of solitude, specially end result of the adolescence scar that mars her beautiful face. Little does she count on to obtain the lively attentions of darkly good-looking, wealthy widower Lord Ewen Sinclair, Regency England's such a lot notorious rake. In a question of days, the Sinclair whisks Bridget to the altar and into his passionate embody. disregarding the vicious rumors surrounding their hasty marriage, Bridget is certain of Ewen's love, even if he's mysteriously known as away. yet then a stunning mystery from his prior emerges, threatening her happiness. If Ewen is a cad and their marriage ceremony a lie, because the gossips say, then why does Bridget's very obdurate middle nonetheless think his love is right?

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But it was only talk, she reminded herself, and only for a little while, and she was beginning to feel sorry about that. She eyed him warily. He smiled back at her serenely and crossed one long, well-muscled leg over the other. She looked away, trying to ignore her reaction to his powerful physical presence. The man only had to move 42 / Edith Layton a muscle, and she felt a corresponding movement in the pit of her stomach. When he looked at her steadily, her heart beat unsteadily. And he kept looking at her.

Bridget bit her lip. She hadn’t meant to divert Cecily that much. “I don’t need a companion,” Cecily said, and nodded with satisfaction when Bridget’s head shot up. “I have one because Mama insists, but you and I both know you’re not necessary. I’m not being cruel, just honest. I mean, why should I need one? I’m not going to do anything to stain my reputation, you can count on that. I want to marry well. I’ll leave stupid flirtations to other girls, thank you. They’re a waste of time. You’re here as window dressing, we both know it.

That makes marriage impossible for you. But I wonder if he thinks you’d be willing to settle for less. ” Cecily asked, watching her closely. 54 / Edith Layton Bridget put her book aside and stood. She smoothed down her skirt so Cecily couldn’t see how her hands were shaking—also giving her something to do so she wouldn’t pick up the book and throw it at her. She’d leave, of course. Mad Cousin Mary likely needed a nurse now, and cranky old Cousin Elizabeth was doing all her complaining to the angels, but maybe Cousin Sylvia needed her again or knew some other relative who did.

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