A Most Scandalous Engagement by Gayle Callen

By Gayle Callen

May well she be the brazen girl who posed for the scandalous portrait? girl Elizabeth Cabot is not any longer the reckless woman she as soon as used to be. Now the darling of the ton, she is decided to place her prior at the back of her. yet who could have imagined that one conceited act might throw her complete global into chaos . . . and strength her towards a loveless marriage? In desperation, she methods her adolescence buddy, Peter Derby, with a bold plan. Peter nonetheless recalls the wild and lively woman who had stolen his center. yet may possibly the rumors be precise: is she the version for the scandalous portray putting in London's so much unique gentlemen's membership? If Peter has the same opinion to pose as her fianc?, Elizabeth has promised to bare the entire fact. yet Peter has his personal principles approximately this sham "engagement" to the beautiful good looks who is consistently been simply out of his reach—and he is prepared to incite another scandal to make her center actually his.

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That they were humoring her,” he finished. “Later, I heard tell that she played simplistically at first, then took their money with her win. Can you imagine, Peter? Thank heavens those men are friends of ours and talk will go no further. But what will happen if she does this again? Am I supposed to keep her locked in the house? She’ll be on the shelf in no time. I think it might very well be what she has planned. ” He nodded his understanding. Every mother wanted a good marriage for her daughter, and feared she would end up a poor relation otherwise.

Elizabeth knew they were being watched by the small crowd of guests. She looked up into Peter’s amused face. “Before I joined you, your conversation with the other men seemed quite . . ” P a g e | 56 His smile broadened. ” She exaggerated her look about to see if they were overheard. ” “Surely I cannot make myself any less in their eyes. ” He cocked his head as he studied her. ” “Of course not. You’re an intelligent man. I remember how you were with my brother’s tutor. Competition with you drove Chris to work harder than he might have wanted to.

With maturity, she had realized she’d be content with a simple life and the man of her dreams. What was she supposed to do now? Could she spend three weeks pretending she had a fiancé? But . . another man—maybe even more—knew about the painting, according to Thomas. Though Thomas said he could control them, they might believe they could press P a g e | 43 their advances, as Lord Dekker had. Somehow she had to protect herself. That night, at Lady Marlowe’s dinner party, Peter looked for Elizabeth.

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