By Cathy Maxwell
Woman Julia Markham used to be the toast of London Society -- until eventually an ill-advised tried elopement led to betrayal and left her stable identify in tatters. Now ruined, penniless, and determined, she has agreed to wed the magnetic and probably risky Brader Wolf. A speeding, phenomenally profitable self-made businessman, Brader wishes this union to aid achieve him access into the drawing rooms of the aristocracy, not anything extra. Julia, although, is a lady of infrequent ardour and bold, irresistibly interested in this enigmatic, infuriating guy, and no mere marriage of mutual comfort will do. yet how a ways will the lively good looks need to visit fulfill a middle that may accept at least the affection of an entire life?
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The stone floor of the church echoed her footsteps. At one time, Julia had dreamed of making this trip up a church aisle, but the dream had included flowers, a lovely dress, friends, and her parents. All Things Beautiful 55 But she had given up those ideas when she eloped with Lawrence. She had given up more than thoughts of a lovely wedding when she agreed to marry Lawrence. Her naïveté, for one thing. As she came abreast of Brader, she vowed she would reclaim her future. The candlelight playing on his face cast eerie shadows and filled her with foreboding.
Julia bowed her head. Her eyes studied the toes of her shoes, so worn no amount of polishing could bring them back to life, while gathering her courage and her wits. She struggled to remember her well-rehearsed opening line and cleared her throat. “Mr. ” “I—” “It’s not for your family, is it? Because that will never fly. No matter how much more Markham thinks he can bleed me, I’ve paid enough. My men have seen Kimberwood. I’ve already agreed to pay a thousand times the worth of the estate. ” Julia’s chin shot up at that last comment.
This was life at its best—and dear, sweet Lord, she was so glad she was here to savor it! Without thinking, she tilted her head back and laughed with pleasure. Brader caught his breath, missing the step. ” Julia’s eyes flashed in triumph. ” His voice was intimate, brushing her ear and vibrating through her body. ” An answering huskiness in her own voice startled her. ” Julia laughed. “How ungenerous of you. ” She held her breath waiting for his answer. “Madam, there is no man alive who can fight the call of a siren,” he answered, tightening his hold on her waist and stepping up the pace of their movements.