Black Silk by Judith Ivory

By Judith Ivory

A Dutiful HeartAs befitting her identify, attractive post Channing-Downes was once the correct, obedient spouse of an getting older marquess -- till her husband's dying left her penniless and alone...with one final marital legal responsibility to meet. Entrusted with offering a small black field to its rightful proprietor, she calls upon Graham Wessit, the infamous Earl of Netham, lifestyles has been endlessly marred by means of rumor and scandal. yet Graham desires not anything to do with a bequest from the guy he holds liable for his break -- or with thebewitching emissary who brings it. within the face of breathtaking erotic secret -- within the throes of an infected ardour unbeckoned yet most unlikely to disclaim -- a rogue's hardened middle might be undone by means of love...and a staidbeauty in straits may possibly examine the beautiful, sensuous freedom of hand over.

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In fact, it was his doing that she even had this vile, stupid box. What on God’s earth had Henry had in mind? And who, pray tell, was this nasty cousin? Submit reached and turned out the lamp. The room fell back into darkness, though it wasn’t the same. Rain pelted the window, matching the rhythm of her heart. The mullioned pattern of the outside light wavered over chair and desk and carpet, casting itself like a net over Submit herself. She wished she could throw away the wretched art case, pretend it didn’t exist, but she couldn’t.

Perhaps that was what he liked: He knew almost nothing about her. He laughed at himself, for he suspected, from the experience of waking up frequently beside strangers, that he was especially attracted to women he didn’t know. It was the mystery, he supposed. There was something essentially female in what was hidden, unknown. Yes, that must be it. And Henry only added to this. It seemed incredible to him that so . . so what? . so sultry a woman could be— Graham stopped, one white satin butterfly dangling at his neck, his hand holding the other in place.

He knew the system and how to use it to leverage his way into a larger settlement—which she was probably going to give him, though she wasn’t sure how much would satisfy him right now. Exactly what was enough, she wondered, to make a misbegotten son stop wishing for legitimacy? ” She moved to the far side of the carriage, tucking her feet and skirts up into the darkness on the seat beside her. As he entered, she watched him trying to locate her by her voice. The brief, muted light showed nothing but her damp shoes abandoned on the carriage floor.

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