By Georgette Heyer
"Can the inaccurate bride develop into the proper spouse? Adam Deveril, the hot Viscount Lynton, is head over heels in love with the attractive Julia Oversley. yet he has lower back from the Peninsular conflict to discover his family members on the point of break and his ancestral domestic mortgaged to the hilt. He has little selection while he's brought to Mr. Jonathan Chawleigh, a urban guy of it sounds as if limitless wealth and no social objectives for himself-but along with his eyes firmly mounted on an appropriate fit for his simply daughter, the quiet and decidedly simple Jenny Chawleigh.
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Dead silence greeted him. Elise blinked twice more and then the ﬁght seemed to leave her, seeping away until she went limp and pliant against him. Yet Gray found that he couldn’t continue his plan. He couldn’t just push her aside to go after Eduard. He felt the warmth of her palm, still resting, forgotten, on his chest; it burned through his cloak and SECRET VOWS 47 shirt, holding him captive far more effectively than any steel shackle or metal bars might have. The curve of her breast and hips, pressed so intimately along his body in her struggles, branded him with heat.
Only a man who had access, power, and the right given him by law to exert such force could be responsible for the deed. And only one man ﬁt that description, so far as Gray knew. ” He murmured it half as a statement and half as a question. His wife’s silence gave him the conﬁrmation he needed. Releasing her, Gray stalked to the door, preparing SECRET VOWS 45 to hunt down and drag the bastard from his bed, King Henry’s sanctions be damned. But before he could pull back on the wooden slab, Elise cried out and threw herself against him to block his access.
Still, she needed to perform her toilette before a maidservant arrived who might see her bruises and talk of them to the others at the castle. She’d just slipped on a mulberry linen kirtle when the door creaked open. Catherine glimpsed an older woman’s face a moment before it disappeared again behind the portal. “Pardon, milady,” her voice came gruff from the hall. “ ’Tis Mariah. ” “Aye. ” Catherine adjusted the ﬁtted wrist of her smock so that it peeked from beneath the kirtle’s long, pointed sleeve.
A Civil Contract by Georgette Heyer