By Gayle Callen
Victoria needs to wed . . . and instantly! To rescue her family members from financial disaster, attractive Victoria Shelby has no selection yet to marry. Her concepts for a bridegroom are restricted . . . until eventually she recalls the shy servant boy round the corner. Then she discovers that her early life good friend is admittedly Viscount Thurlow -- ruthless businessman, destiny earl, and a guy whose kin is shrouded in scandal! After rejected marriage proposals, David Thurlow wishes a spouse who will provide him an inheritor, a person who won't in simple terms omit his prior but additionally be above reproach. Victoria is definitely the right candidate -- quiet, unassuming, and in determined want of money. yet whilst she strives to be definitely the right spouse, her calm demeanor mask a stunning mystery . . . person who is overshadowed by way of David's gradual, heated classes within the artwork of seduction that threaten to rework a “convenient” marriage right into a torrid and passionate affair.
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The breakfast was cordial, even cheerful, with Lord Wade guiding much of the conversation with the amusing doings of the ton. Victoria noticed that Lord Thurlow did not contribute much to the gossip; in fact, he seemed to disapprove. But hadn't he used to tell wonderful stories, back when they wrote in their P a g e | 63 journal? Sometimes he'd created fantasy tales of adventure, and other times he'd made the realities of an earl's household seem amusing. Now, as she listened to him discuss a horse race with Lord Wade, she studied him intently, looking for the boy in the man, but she didn't see him.
But his daughter has been raised well. " "She will bring nothing to this family in politics or land. If you would have consulted me, I could have told you— " "It's interesting how you follow the dictates of society only when it pleases you. " David was about to make a disparaging comment— their arguments followed P a g e | 37 such a predictable pattern— but something in his father's face stopped him. It wasn't anger there now but despair, as if he'd thought love was a tragedy not to be experienced because of the pain.
P a g e | 62 "It is understandable. " She waited for a response, but he said nothing. " She winced. She had wanted honesty, after all. "He may be the earl, but I make the decisions about my future," he said. " He only frowned. At Banstead House, the servants gathered in a long line to greet her, and it was a relief to see the friendly face of Mrs. Wayneflete. The other servants were a bit more reserved, but surely Victoria could win them over. After the servants had all filed out of the entrance hall, Victoria looked about her as Lord Thurlow led her up the stairs to the drawing room.
The Lord Next Door (Avon Romantic Treasure) by Gayle Callen