By Allison Lane
A bold younger lord, seeing a tender girl floundering in an icy river, instantly dives to her rescue. yet in saving her lifestyles, he virtually loses his personal! while he involves, he reveals himself by myself with the mysterious girl in a small state cottage. And although he had effectively shunned the marriage-minded maidens of the "ton" for years, he felt honor-bound to suggest to his attractive benefactor. finally, that they had spent the evening by myself, and the scandal will be insufferable. however the lady vehemently refuses, and disappears. however the younger lord reveals himself now not so prepared to allow cross of her, and the chase is on.
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Certainly, and finding her here saves me the effort of hunting her down. But there are too many questions. She refused—again—to consider marriage, despite Fosdale's heavy-handed threats to destroy her if she failed to comply. Unfortunately, he overheard us talking about last night. ” He shrugged. ” Sedge was frowning. "I don't know what to think. Does she also entertain fantasies about trapping a duke's heir? " Sedge frowned. “You said she ordered the change to bark tea. ” He sounded nervous.
Elizabeth? Randolph glared. This was Lady Elizabeth? The girl his grandfather wished him to wed? "Nothing. I met Mr. Randolph briefly when the riverbank collapsed, tumbling me into the water. ” he thundered. She said nothing, but her white face answered for her. ” His brows drew together in a ferocious frown, yet nothing could hide the gleam burning brighter than ever in his eyes. ” she demanded sharply. Then her face twisted into the travesty of a smile. “What a stupid question. Catching my death would have removed me from your dependency, so a dutiful daughter would have done so.
He had felt an obligation even before learning her identity. Discovering that she was the daughter of an earl sealed his fate. But beyond that, she intrigued him. He had never met so outspoken a female, or one who cared about how her actions affected others. Or did she? He unobtrusively backed away from the combatants. His appearance marked him as an insignificant nobody, but she did know that he was with Symington. Was she refusing him because she planned to trap a duke's heir? Her protests might mask her real intentions.