By Sherry Thomas

Millicent is familiar with the phrases of her prepared marriage all too good. She will get to be a Countess via marrying an impoverished Earl. And in go back, the Earl Fitzhugh gets the advantage of her immense wealth, saving his relations from financial ruin. as a result of her early life, they've got agreed to attend 8 years ahead of consummating the marriage--and then, simply to beget an inheritor. and then, they are going to lead separate lives.

It is a top association. aside from one little factor. by some means Millie has fallen madly in love along with her husband. Her husband, who has turn into her best possible pal, yet not anything more...Her husband, who plans to reunite together with his formative years sweetheart, the gorgeous and newly widowed Isabella, once he has venerated the pact along with his wife...

As the hour they really develop into husband-and-wife attracts close to, either Millie and Fitzhugh needs to face the reality of their hearts. Has their pact bred just a nice friendship--or has it, with out both of them particularly noticing, given upward push to a nice love?

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So one can spend the remainder of your days together with her, you need to marry her. ” His face used to be stubborn. “I can’t marry her. I’m already married. ” “We’ll receive an annulment. ” “Absolutely no longer. you're with baby. ” “I’m now not. ” the start of her menses, six days in the past, had dithered and fudged, dragging out a skinny, frayed desire, earlier than snapping it altogether. “Are you going to sleep with me back? ” “I…” “Then, I won’t be with baby and we will be able to effectively continue to the annulment. The Leo Marsdens did it: They placed their marriage in the back of them. there's no cause we can't. ” “I don’t care what the Marsdens did. we aren't getting an annulment. ” “If you worry in regards to the upkeep of Henley Park, i'll gladly signal over half the stocks of Cresswell & Graves. The company is 4 occasions the dimensions it was once once we married, so it’s nonetheless an excellent cut price for me. ” He stared at her as though he couldn’t even realize her. “I will burn down Henley Park earlier than I’ll allow you to imagine I’m conserving you to your cash. ” “Then, why are you conserving me? ” He pinched the bridge of his nostril. “Your fellow already has a spouse. What objective does an annulment serve for you, should you can't marry him at the least? ” She dropped her fingers from his individual and took a step back—she was once nonetheless fearful of the implications of conversing the reality ultimately. yet she could not hold up it. “There isn't any one else. There by no means was once. ” He seemed disoriented. “But you acknowledged you have been in love with him. You stated you needed to quit your probabilities with him after we married. You—” “I be aware of what I’ve stated through the years. however the fact is still: there has been by no means a person else—never someone except you. ” She stared down at her palms. “I fell in love with you the instant I observed you. should you have been angriest at destiny, so was once I, since it made me the final woman you’d ever love. ” a protracted, lengthy second of silence handed. He gripped her fingers. “My God, Millie! Why did you by no means inform me? ” She raised her face and met his eyes. “I must have, shouldn’t I? I’m sorry I didn’t make my confession quicker, yet now you recognize. ” If he enjoyed her, this used to be the time to reciprocate her announcement. And he did love her, after all. It used to be just a subject of the way a lot. He gazed at her, his eyes just like the sunrise sky, choked with the warmth and promise of a brand new day. Her center ached with this wordless communion of wish and wish. He didn’t have to say whatever. A kiss will be adequate. yet he didn’t. He left her and walked to the window, his arms on his temples. “You must have advised me,” he acknowledged. “Years in the past. ” “Had mom lived, possibly she’d have suggested me another way. ” She bit her lip. “I’m convinced you notice now that it'll be most unlikely for me to stay married to you when you manage your association with Mrs. Englewood. ” He circled. “Millie—” There got here a knock on the door. It was once a footman, come to notify Millie that her carriage awaited. After the door closed back at the back of the footman, she approached the window. “You’ve spoken a lot of equity of past due. i believe it is just reasonable that for those who decide on Mrs.

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