A Scandalous Past by Ava Stone

By Ava Stone

A Regency historic Novel - booklet 4 of the Scandalous Series...

After years of abuse by the hands of her mom, Cordelia Avery is aware the one method out is marriage to the proper guy. a guy who will let her the entire freedom she has ever craved. and she or he has the fitting guy picked out. The scandalous Marquess of Haversham will not be ideal to someone else, yet taking the man’s black attractiveness into consideration, Cordie believes she’ll get pleasure from all of the freedom she’s regularly wanted for in his disreputable fingers. If simply she may get her center to head in addition to the plan and to prevent jumping every time Lord Adonis…er…the Earl of Clayworth is within reach. however the very right earl is so much usually the incorrect variety for her reasons.

Brendan Reese, the Earl of Clayworth, has no purpose of ever marrying back. He’s nonetheless attempting to freshen up the mess his first spouse left him, even years after her dying. To all of the global, Clayworth is the epitome of the best English gentleman, and he so needs that photograph used to be the reality. however the fact, because it usually may be, is grotesque. in spite of everything, an ideal English gentleman could by no means have a traitor for a mom. And except Clayworth can locate the proof his past due spouse concealed, he may face the gallows himself. yet an opportunity come upon with the reckless Cordelia Avery supplies him the easiest lead he’s had in years to eventually placing his family’s previous to relaxation. regrettably, targeting something except pass over Avery turns out an almost most unlikely job.

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You don‘t have to pretend with me, you know. ‖ She was one of the few who did. But Brendan didn‘t want to have this conversation, so he shook his head. ―Get my salon back the way it was, Caro. ‖ ―Be reasonable,‖ she pleaded. ―Livvie is beside herself with worry for Cordelia—something she doesn‘t need at the moment. And—‖ ―I am not going to marry or even court some foolish girl simply to put your cousin‘s troubled mind at ease,‖ he interrupted, narrowing his eyes on her. Then he started for the door.

Haversham is fickle. ‖ A muscle twitched in Brendan‘s jaw. Miss Avery was so full of life, just as Flora had been. Damn Caroline for bringing his late sister into this. ―You took her riding in the park today. If not to court her, what was your intent? ‖ she asked, her hazel eyes assessing him. All he needed was Caroline looking into his motivations. He almost winced, but kept his features relaxed. She would notice that, and he couldn‘t risk the questions that would surely follow. ―She caught my interest last night,‖ he replied honestly.

He stalked down the hallway, past the drawing room, and was just about to turn the corner towards his escape when he heard her voice behind him. ―So, are you really the best swimmer in all of Derbyshire? ‖ she asked with a hint of amusement. Brendan spun on his heel to find her standing quietly in the doorway of the Astwick library. How he‘d missed her a moment ago, he had no idea. The soft glow from the wall sconces bathed her skin in golden hues, complementing her gown. One dark curl had escaped her coiffure, and rested temptingly on her shoulder.

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