Surrender to Me (The Derrings)

By Sophie Jordan

She had misplaced approximately every thing . . .

When a poor tragedy left her penniless and on my own, girl Astrid Derring did no matter what it took to outlive. She fired part her employees, borrowed robes, and subsisted on cucumber sandwiches from the galas she attended. She persevered the wagging tongues of the ton and the indecent proposals from noblemen who deemed her ripe for the plucking. ultimately, she unearths the way to get away the disgrace and restoration her solid identify. however it would require a deadly trip to Scotland, the place she's going to come face-to-face with probability . . . and a sinfully good-looking rogue who could be the maximum risk of all.

Any gentleman could lend his hand to a girl in misery, yet good-looking, rough-hewn Griffin Shaw isn't any gentleman, and Astrid is much from secure in his corporation. Accompanying her in the course of the Highlands is a small rate to pay for luring her into his mattress. Entranced by way of her boldness, enchanted along with her attractiveness, he's decided to thaw her chilly middle. besides the fact that, he quickly unearths himself in need of greater than a short affair with the correct woman. not anything lower than the entire give up of her middle will fulfill him.

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A condition owed a lot to you. ” “Me? ” His eyes nonetheless roamed over her as though she stood nude earlier than him. “Yes. You. ” “Why won’t they allow us to cross? ” “Apparently,” he bit out as he diminished to the mattress and tugged on his boots, “you pointed out a few filthy rich pals to the laird. ” “Yes. ” She shrugged. “What does that subject now? i used to be determined. i'd have stated something for him to enable me move. ” “Well, it kind of feels the ol’ laird is very drawn to those neighbors of yours…and their willingness to fill his coffers on your secure go back.

A coarse sound rose from her throat, part sob, part chuckle. Her hands clutched his biceps. She sagged opposed to him, confident her vulnerable knees couldn’t aid her. “You introduced the reverend for us? ” she requested among kisses. “You don’t imagine i'd marry someone else. It’s been you. in basic terms you considering the fact that I first observed you on that street. An angel despatched to rescue me. ” Astrid pulled again to appear deeply into his eyes. Her arms got here as much as hide his on her cheeks. “Rescue you? ” She shook her head. “You rescued me,” she whispered starkly.

I savor the supply, but—” “And,” Gallagher endured, “I might specifically wish to listen extra approximately those filthy rich pals your lady pointed out. those that might omit her greatly if she have been to wander away within the Highlands for a longer period of time. ” “Wealthy buddies? ” he requested grimly, brooding about what accurately Astrid had stated earlier than his arrival…and confident that no matter what she had stated were the inaccurate factor to say to a extended family of Highlanders eager to feed their humans via a famine.

Now not until eventually she married and left her father’s condominium. Her father claimed newspapers accounted the realm affairs of guys and have been undeserving for a lady’s eyes. And, in truth, balls had occupied loads of her time. At her father’s behest. How else might she have attracted a husband for Papa to choose for her—without proposal to her personal tastes? Shoving such ideas away ahead of she allow her feelings get the simplest of her—emotions she had constantly been so cautious to suppress—she persevered, her voice composed and impartial as ever, “Texas, then?

Anything darkish and hazardous brewed deep in his chest. feel? “A such a lot useful solution,” she went on. functional resolution? This was once his existence. And Petra’s. no longer a few damned equation. And but even Astrid mentioned him marrying Petra as though it have been a company merger to be negotiated with cool calculation. Damned English. And Scots, for that subject. Anger seethed via him like a prowling beast. He raked his gaze over the girl who had occupied a long way an excessive amount of of his strategies in recent times. rather a lot in order that he had started to harbor doubts over returning domestic.

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