By Gayle Callen
May possibly she be the brazen girl who posed for the scandalous portrait? woman Elizabeth Cabot is not any longer the reckless lady she as soon as was once. Now the darling of the ton, she is decided to place her earlier in the back of her. yet who might have imagined that one conceited act may well throw her whole global into chaos . . . and strength her towards a loveless marriage? In desperation, she ways her adolescence good friend, Peter Derby, with a bold plan. Peter nonetheless recalls the wild and lively lady who had stolen his center. yet may well the rumors be actual: is she the version for the scandalous portray striking in London's so much particular gentlemen's membership? If Peter consents to pose as her fianc?, Elizabeth has promised to bare the full fact. yet Peter has his personal principles approximately this sham "engagement" to the beautiful good looks who is regularly been simply out of his reach—and he is keen to incite another scandal to make her center really his.
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Stunned and worried about her, he still felt a jolt of desire as he wondered what it would be like if that were real. But she didn’t want it to be real. Something was making her desperate. She tried to yank her hands away. ” “It’s not a proposal! Not really,” she added, shoulders slumping. “Elizabeth—” “I can’t talk about this, Peter. ” “Elizabeth—” She interrupted again. “And if our childhood friendship isn’t enough, then I P a g e | 46 will make a bargain with you. If you agree to a false engagement, and allow me to break it off when I need to, I will tell you the truth about the painting.
Elizabeth, this is . . insane. You’re going to tell your mother we’re engaged? Your brother? All of your friends? ” Stubborn, she seemed determined not to confide in him. But did she not realize that if he agreed to her insane plan, they would be forced to be closer than ever? Certainly then he could find out the truth, help her somehow. He’d always been the one who rescued her, who hid her secrets—and now she was asking for that again. She stared at her hands where they rested on his chest. He rubbed her fingers gently with his palms, wanting to warm her, to ease her.
She pushed to her feet. ” She ignored Lucy’s worried look, knowing that her friend suspected there was more to the story. Lucy followed along behind, but they didn’t hurry back to William and the rest of the Gibson family. Elizabeth paused in the doorway to the drawing room, hand lingering on the frame, her gaze sweeping across the guests. She let herself pass over William, absorbed the emotions he aroused, and then she settled soft eyes on Peter. He was talking intently to several men, gesturing with his hands.
A Most Scandalous Engagement by Gayle Callen