on June 25th 2017
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Miss Celia Barlow has always gotten what she wanted. Whether it’s been clothes, jewelry, or social prominence, all she’s had to do was snap her fingers, and it was hers. So when she sets her sights on a certain gentleman, it only makes sense that she should get him, too. Except it doesn’t work out the way she expects. The trap she planned ends up backfiring on her, and the love of her life ends up with someone else.
Upon finding out what Celia did, her brother is furious, and he sets out to marry her off to the first gentleman who’s willing to marry her. That gentleman just happens to be Sebastian Egan, Viscount Erandon, who recently inherited his older brother’s title and troubled estate. Add to that his own debts and the fact that his injury prevents him from going back out to sea, he needs money. He doesn’t care how he gets it. He just needs it. And as soon as possible. So he agrees to marry Celia in order to get her dowry.
When Sebastian realizes just how spoiled she is, he takes it upon himself to teach her that her days of manipulation are over. With him, the rules have changed. And he’s determined to prove to everyone that someone like Celia can be tamed, even if it’s going to take a battle of wills to do it.
She leaned back in the tub and closed her eyes. Sometimes, if she concentrated hard enough, she could almost imagine she was Corin’s wife.
The door to her bedchamber opened, so she called out, “I’m not ready yet, Kay. Come back in twenty minutes.”
The door shut, and she figured that was the end of it…until she heard someone’s soft footsteps on the rug.
“I said I’m not ready to get dressed,” she repeated. “You should know by now that I enjoy taking long baths.”
“You certainly make a lovely sight first thing in the morning,” came her husband’s voice from behind her.
Gasping, she sat up in the tub, instinctively pulling her knees to her chest to hide as much of herself from him as possible. “What are you doing here?” she snapped as she searched for the nearest towel.
“Looking for these?” he asked, picking up the towels from the nearby chair. He tossed them to the floor…well out of her reach.
She glared at him. “I have a mind to cry for help.”
With a laugh, he sat in the chair and set his crutch down, also making sure it was out of her reach. “You can cry all you want, but it won’t do you any good. I told all the servants to stay downstairs. I made it clear that we wanted to be alone.” He shot her a suggestive look.
Drats! It was just her luck he chose the morning to make his advances. “I don’t want to be alone with you.”
“It doesn’t matter what you want. This is a gentleman’s world, sweetheart. The wife is to cater to her husband’s every whim. For instance, did you know Lord Hawthorne makes his wife dress in the color orange? He allows for nothing else. Regardless of the day or what she does, she must wear orange unless she’s in mourning. Do you want to know why he does that?”
“No. Nor do I care.” What was wrong with him? What kind of person interrupted someone’s bath just to talk about orange gowns?
“He does it because he loves pumpkins, and those are orange. He collects all types of knickknacks that are pumpkins. In fact, he tries to include a pumpkin recipe in one meal every day.”
She rolled her eyes. “Why are you telling me all of this?”
“Because your lot in life could be a lot worse than what it is now. You could be forced to wear orange today. However,” he put his hand on his chest, “I won’t do that to you.”
“Maybe not, but you’ll barge into my bedchamber and stare at me while I’m taking a bath.”
“I wanted to see what I got when I married you.”
She narrowed her eyes at him. “Did it give you a thrill?”
“Oh yes. You’re just as lovely naked as I imagined you’d be. Some gentlemen like long legs. Me? I prefer large breasts, and I most certainly like the ones you have. I’m wondering if they’re so large that I won’t be able to cup them completely in my hands. Mind if I try?”
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