By Amanda Quick
From the elegently appointed drawing rooms of London's such a lot specific golf equipment to a majestic country estate within the middle of Dorset, comes a provocative tale of a free-thinking good looks, a dignified lord, and a mad impetuous love that rejected all logic . . .
Augusta Ballinger was once rather yes that it was once all a dreadful mistake. The chillingly pompous and hazardous Earl of Graystone couldn't most likely desire to marry her. Why, it used to be rumored that his selected bride has to be a veritable version of advantage. and everybody knew that Augusta, because the final of the wild, reckless Northumberland Ballingers, was once a girl who couldn't be stricken via society’s rules.
That was once why the lively attractiveness had deliberate a nighttime come upon to warn the earl off, to persuade him that she may make him a really terrible spouse certainly. but if she crawled in via his darkened research window, Augusta in basic terms succeeded in strengthening Harry’s get to the bottom of: to kiss the laughter from these honeyed lips and educate this maddening leave out to act! How may perhaps he most likely understand that it was once he who was once in for a lesson . . . as his brazen fiancée got down to win his heart—and an outdated and shrewdpermanent enemy stepped in to threaten their love, their honor, and their very lives?
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I knew it might be like this. I simply knew it. ” She scowled up at him as she sank gracefully down onto the bench. “My lord, this can be by no means going to determine. We may well in addition face it and be performed with it. ” “What isn't going to determine? ” Harry placed one booted foot at the finish of the bench and rested an elbow on his knee. He studied Augusta’s earnest face as she faced him within the shadows. “Are you relating our engagement, by means of any likelihood? ” “I most definitely am. i've been going over this subject many times and that i can't support yet think you really are creating a grave mistake. i would like you to grasp that i'm tremendous venerated by means of your provide, yet i actually consider that for either our sakes it might be most sensible if I cried off. ” “I may quite you probably did now not do this, Augusta,” Harry acknowledged. “But, my lord, definitely now that you've got had time to contemplate the problem you spot that an alliance among us easily won't paintings. ” “I imagine it may be made to paintings. ” Augusta’s mouth tightened. She leaped to her toes. “What you suggest, sir, is that you just imagine you could strength me to comply for your notions of right girl habit. ” “Do now not placed phrases in my mouth, Augusta. ” Harry took her arm and compelled her lightly back off onto the bench. “What I intended was once that i feel that, with a bit adjustment the following and there, we will deal rather well jointly. ” “And which one in all us do you envision making the alterations, my lord? ” Harry sighed and directed his gaze thoughtfully towards the big hedge at the back of Augusta. “Both people will doubtless make the mild adjustments which are required by way of marriage. ” “I see. allow us to test being extra particular the following. simply what specific transformations do you spot me having to make, sir? ” “To commence with, i feel it might be most sensible should you didn't dance the waltz with Lovejoy back. there's something i don't rather like approximately that guy. and that i spotted this night that he has began paying you loads of recognition. ” “How dare you, sir. ” Augusta shot to her toes back, incensed. “I shall dance the waltz with whomever I want and you'll besides be aware of right away that i'd by no means enable my husband or the other guy to dictate my number of dancing companions. i'm sorry if that kind of habit is simply too unrefined on your flavor, sir, yet I vow it is just a touch of one of these impropriety of which i'm able. ” “I see. i'm, in fact, deeply alarmed to listen to this. ” “Are you guffawing at me, Graystone? ” Augusta’s eyes blazed with fury. “No, my expensive, i'm really not. take a seat, when you please. ” “It doesn't please me in the slightest degree. i've got no purpose of sitting down. i'm going directly again into that ballroom, locate my cousin, and pass domestic. And whilst i am getting there, I intend to inform my uncle that i'm finishing the engagement instantly. ” “You can't do this, Augusta. ” “Why now not, pray inform? ” Harry took her arm back and once again lightly yet firmly suggested her down onto the stone bench. “Because i think you to be an honorable younger lady, regardless of your hotheaded nature. a lady who wouldn't, less than any situations, bestow yes favors upon a guy after which jilt him.