A Bride for His Convenience by Edith Layton

By Edith Layton

A bride to save lots of his identify . . . except he unearths a filthy rich wife—and soon—Lord Ian Sutcombe will lose every little thing. Left deeply in debt by way of his silly father and grasping stepmother, his in basic terms desire is to marry for cash. Stung via a suitor's merciless betrayal, Hannah Leeds, daughter of a wealthy service provider, wasn't definite she'd ever love back. So while her father arranges her betrothal to the good-looking lord, she concurs. It was once not more than a wedding of comfort. they might honor and obey, yet by no means love . . . till a simmering ardour exploded right into a scorching affair. Now, with Hannah socializing with individuals of the ton and one other guy out to win her middle, Ian will do every thing in his energy to teach Hannah she is his ecstasy, his hope fulfilled . . . and oh a lot more than a bride for his comfort.

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Still, he wanted to know what she was thinking, and why she was agreeing to a sham of a marriage. They walked in silence, and then turned to stroll back the way they came. She kept her head down and seemed lost in thought, miles away. “I have to marry, and for money. You know that,” Ian finally said. “I suspect you don’t have to marry for any reason other than to please your father. ” She looked up at him at that, as though remembering he was there. “Oh. Yes. You’re right. No, you don’t displease me—or please me, actually.

And see what happens after the engagement notice is placed in the papers. ” “Then I shall,” Ian said. “Although the other truth is that I was uninterested. That will change if Miss Leeds wishes. I don’t know if you’ll care for the denizens of the ton,” he told Hannah. “Nor do I much care if they care for you, any more than I cared if they approved of me. But if you want to see them, I’ll show you the invitations and we’ll go to wherever you please. I suggest we make 40 EDITH LAYTON an appearance and then move on.

What do you say, Miss Leeds? ” 38 EDITH LAYTON “Yes,” she said. ” “Not likely,” she said. ” “No. I’m a man of my word. ” “Yes,” she said. ” He kissed her lips, lightly, fleetingly. She felt a slight electrifying shock at the touch of his mouth, and her lips tingled as he moved away. He only drew back, and smiled. “Done, then,” he said. The elder gentlemen were waiting with champagne when the couple came back into the house. “Congratulations, my lord,” Mr. Leeds said, handing Ian a glass. “Well done, Miss Leeds,” Foster said, handing Hannah one.

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