At Last

By Jacquie D'Alessandro

Sophia Mallory, Countess Winterbourne concept she'd left her good-looking Scottish lover in the back of within the highlands. but if Ian Broderick exhibits up in a London ballroom, Sophia realizes her previous is ready to meet up with her, and the scandal might expense her every thing.

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Why wouldn’t he? He’d rarely shrink back the Earl of Marlington. ” “I agree. yet without doubt he’d draw back his groundskeeper... ” Her phrases trailed off and consciousness dawned in her eyes. “Dear God. You’re not... you can’t be--” “Ah, yet I am--the crabbitty curmudgeon himself. ” He provided her a proper bow. “Lord Marlington, at your provider. ” bankruptcy three Feeling as though the flagstones shifted underneath her toes, Sophia stared in disbelief on the guy she’d unsuccessfully attempted to omit for the final six months.

Broderick. I shall prevent this as soon as. ” As they walked alongside he mentioned diverse crops and regaled her with funny tales of existence in Melrose, loving the sound of her laughter, having fun with her stories of britain, each second strengthening his appeal to her. after they paused through a trellis draped with aromatic roses, he paused and regarded into her intoxicating eyes. “These are Marlington Hall’s best roses. do you want to assemble a few, Mrs. Mallory? She studied him and he attempted his damnedest to maintain his expression clean to conceal the wish burning within him, yet wasn’t definite he succeeded, wasn’t yes it used to be even attainable to take action.

He’d inwardly vowed to not pounce on her like a ravenous mongrel, but he knew he’d do just that if he gave in to the overpowering temptation to kiss her back. made up our minds to maintain the promise he’d made to himself, he stated, “I’m ready to listen to why you saved your name a mystery from me. ” “I’d like to listen your clarification first. ” “Very good. ” He drew a deep breath, then started, “The day I met you had, until eventually that second, been very tough for me, as had the whole previous 12 months. It used to be the anniversary of a carriage twist of fate.

Might be his present based dresses, freshly shaved face and well trimmed hair--all the entire antithesis of the tough, workmen’s garments, day-old stubble, and untamed locks he’d sported the final time she’d visible him--might have rendered him unrecognizable to a few, yet Sophia might have identified him at any place, could have sensed his presence even had the room been thoroughly darkish rather than illuminated by means of dozens of candles. the place in the world had a groundskeeper from the small Scottish city of Melrose procured such dear, completely adapted outfits?

Now not the place,” she concurred, “and discretion is named for. we can't go back to the ballroom jointly. ” His in brief glanced at her mouth then nodded. “One examine us or even the main informal observer may recognize we shared greater than dialog out the following and I’ve no desire to supply upward push to any hypothesis that can damage your recognition. There’s no use to come back to the ballroom in any respect. My carriage awaits us within the mews. ” with no one other observe, he took her hand and led her down the terrace steps. Questions bounced via Sophia’s brain, begging to be voiced, yet she shoved them apart.

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