The Bridal Quest (Matchmakers) by Candace Camp

By Candace Camp

Girl Irene Wyngate has sworn she'll by no means marry, conserving suitors at bay together with her caustic tongue. yet there's one guy she cannot scare: Gideon, long-lost inheritor to the Earl of Radbourne. He was once abducted as a toddler and grew up difficult at the London streets. And even though he is been restored to his relatives, he's nonetheless extra at domestic in playing dens than stately ballrooms.Irene isn't really drawn to Gideon, or so she says while matchmaker Francesca Haughston asks for her aid to civilize him for marriage. in spite of everything, he's a real rogue with a doubtful past—a good-looking rogue, she has to confess. yet as she reluctantly starts to yield to like, depraved relations secrets and techniques come to light…with devastating outcomes for the reluctant fans.

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The old lady let out another snort. '" She cast him a roguish glance. " Rochford inclined his head respectfully toward her. "Well, sit down, girl," Lady Odelia commanded Francesca, nodding toward a chair. " "Oh. " Francesca quickly dropped into the nearest chair. The duke took a place beside his great-aunt on the sofa. Francesca felt about sixteen again, as she always did in the intimidating Lady Pencully's presence. She had no doubt that Rochford's great-aunt had immediately seen her dress for what it was—over four years old and resewn into a more contemporary style—and at the same time had noted that the draperies were faded and that one leg of the table against the wall had a large nick in it.

Nor did she think that her brother Humphrey was so weak-willed as to turn his mother and sister out of their home if Maura took it into her head to demand that. However, she knew that it was certainly within his power to do so, as well as in Maura's nature to selfishly demand such a thing. And it was, unfortunately, quite true that she and her mother had been left virtually penniless upon Lord Wyngate's death and were completely dependent upon her brother's generosity. Lord Wyngate had died three years ago in a fall from his horse after a particularly heavy bout of drinking.

I'm sorry," Francesca offered lamely. "The Bennington girl does have a squint," Rochford pointed out. " Lady Odelia queried. " Rochford's mouth quirked up on one side, but he said only, "Yes. " "I suppose I should have expected it of him," his great-aunt opined, ignoring his remark. "The Lord only knows what sort of woman he would prefer. That is another reason why it is so imperative that we find a proper wife for him, and soon. " She shook her head. "Of course, we cannot force him to marry anyone," she continued, looking quite annoyed at the thought.

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