Her eyes went wide as she stared up at him. His face hovered above hers, his hand tightening on her cheek as he drew her closer. Oh, he was going to kiss her, just as she’d imagined only moments before. Panic set in. Her breathing accelerated, her chest heaved with the effort, and she licked her lips in preparation.
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Lady Wilhelmina Stanhope is ruined and everyone knows it. Back in Town for the first season since her downfall, Willa plans to remain firmly on the shelf, assuming only fortune hunters will want her now. Instead she focuses on her unique tea blends, secretly supporting a coffee house which employs poor women and children. If her clandestine involvement in trade is discovered, she’ll be ruined. Again.
No one is more shocked by Willa’s lack of quality suitors than the newly minted Duke of Hartwell. Having just returned from India, the dark duke is instantly attracted to the mysterious wallflower. His pursuit is hampered by the ruthless Earl of Bellingham, who once jilted Willa and is now determined to reclaim her.
Caught between the clash of two powerful men, a furious Willa refuses to concede her independence to save her reputation. But will she compromise her heart?
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“I see.” Comprehension sank in. “Do you dare delude yourself into thinking I would accept you now? After the humiliation you inflicted upon me, sir?”
She stilled at the sound of laughter from a couple approaching from the far side of the terrace. She drew back into the shadows, away from Augustus. She had no desire to be seen alone with him and risk resurrecting the old rumors. “Please, take your leave of me. I am not so foolish as to repeat the follies of my past.”
He stepped closer. “You are even lovelier in your anger.” A satisfied smile crossed his face. “It appears you have grown up, my wild Willa.”
“Indeed. I am a great deal wiser than the foolish girl you knew.”
“And a great deal more beautiful.” He looked at her from under heavy eyelids. “I dare say the secret pleasures of marriage will be even more enjoyable than I’ve anticipated all these years.”
Her stomach revolted at the thought of resuming any kind of intimacy with this man. “I shall never marry.”
“Now, now. That will never do. Surely you comprehend that a female who displeases God by refusing to take a husband and procreate is consigned to lead the apes into hell.”
“I would much prefer to guide the monkeys into Hades rather than become your wife.”
“You, an ape leader? Such loveliness would be wasted on the shelf.” Cool eyes skated over the curves of her body. “I would enjoy pressing the issue, but it won’t do for my future countess to be tainted by further scandal.”
She gritted her teeth. “I will never marry. Not you nor anyone else.”
“Nonsense.” He drew back and executed a quick bow. “We are meant to be together. No one else shall ever have you.” Spinning on his heels, he marched into the ballroom.
She squelched the urge to fling something hard and heavy at the earl’s retreating back. Furious thoughts crowded her head. How had she ever borne such a disagreeable man? To have contemplated a life with him?
Only a foolish young girl would have considered it. Her own come-out Season years ago had met with great success, but she’d only had eyes for Augustus, who’d pressed his suit despite his father’s vehement disapproval. It shamed her to wonder whether his undeniable good looks had swayed her judgement of his character, even after he’d begun to change from the solemn boy she’d befriended into the intolerable man he was now.
A sudden movement at the bottom of the terrace steps cut into her thoughts. The gravel crunched and then went silent.
Someone was down there.
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