by Lorraine Heath
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The breathtakingly handsome Earl of Huntingdon is determined to take a bride, and equally determined that his marriage to Miss Georgina Pierce will be a business arrangement only - after all, he has been wounded in love before. But their is unexpected passion in his innocent wife, and he soon begins to look forward to many days - and nights - with her . . . until he shockingly discovers that her promised fortune has been squandered. Though Georgina rightly protests that she knew nothing of it, Huntingdon is wounded to the core.
Spirited Georgina surprised herself by agreeing to marry the earl - a man she's just met. The handsome nobleman proposes that she exchange her fortune for his title, but from the moment Georgina first waltzes across the ballroom floor in his arms, she realizes she can easily give this handsome, haunted lord her her heart . . . But first she must teach him that there is one thing far more important than money and position - and that is love.
"The beauty of the moon pales when compared with your loveliness." He cringed. Devil be damned. That was the most awful thing he'd ever murmured to a woman.
It had been years since he'd played the courtship game, and he'd grown unaccountably sloppy. All he'd needed was one little lie, one tiny flirtatious comment and he'd have had her nestled within his palm. The problem was that he didn't truly want her in his palm. He only wanted his fist around her father's money.
He was fairly certain she'd never had a compliment thrown her way. Otherwise, why would her father be willing to purchase what she had yet to obtain? Why had he insisted that he convince her that she was beautiful? Why pretend to love her unless she had no experience at being loved?
He had expected her to turn to him with adoring eyes. Instead she continued to look at the lawn, shadowed by the moon.
"Consider me plain, my lord. Consider me dull. But never, never consider me stupid."
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