By Amanda Quick
Unique book: 2004
The Earl of St. Merryn wishes a girl. His intentions are merely functional - he easily desires an individual brilliant and definitely wonderful to pose as his betrothed for a number of weeks between well mannered society. He has his personal time table to pursue, and a fake fiance will preserve the husband-hunters at bay whereas he is going approximately his enterprise. the best resolution is to rent a paid significant other. discovering the best candidate proves extra of a problem than he anticipated. but if he encounters pass over Elenora resort, her feisty demeanour and golden eyes sway him to make a beneficiant provide. Elenora's sorry monetary situations - and desires of a lifetime of independence - depart her little selection yet to simply accept. yet St. Merryn seems to be hiding a mystery or , and issues look oddly amiss in his gloomy London domestic. Elenora quickly discovers that this lark can be a much more risky event than she'd been resulted in think. And the Earl of St. Merryn will locate that the meek and delicate spouse he'd at first predicted has turn into a companion in his quest to capture a killer - and an outspoken belle of the ball who stirs a bothersome ardour in his useful middle.
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Convince her? Nicholas caught himself up on the thought. Why would he want to convince her? She was nothing to him. At least she ought to be. And yet… he did want her to marry him. It was the only way he could think of to protect her from her folly. He could not continue his journey knowing he'd done nothing to ease her lot. It would rest his mind considerably to know she was safe and well provided for at Blacklock. "Almost all my mother has talked about for the last few months is my wedding. Instead, I left England, unmarried.
Who was he, truly, this Nicholas Blacklock? She knew nothing about him except that he rescued fallen women without a thought, then proposed marriage to them in a manner so disinterested as to be extremely irritating. "It will be a ceremony, that is all. " She shook her head. "I… I'm sorry. " Her jaw dropped. "What is there to think about? Only everything! I've almost destroyed my life by trusting one man—and I thought I knew him" "I am a man of my word and was an officer in Wellington's army. You may trust me.
In Paris. " "Ah, the church of Ste. Marie-Madeleine. " She answered with composure, "Which priest do you mean? The false one who married me—he called himself Father Jean—or the real one who was bribed to allow it to happen? " She gave him a look that said she had no opinion of French priests, real or false. The priest nodded affably. "Ah, oui, Pere Germaine of the church of Ste. Marie-Madeleine, I know him. " Faith said bluntly. "The Pere Germaine I met was tall, thin, stooped, and with a large red nose.