Rebecca Benton, a wealthy Philadelphia socialite, is ahead of her time for a woman in Colonial America in the year, 1833. Marrying and becoming the wife of a head strong man is not part of her plan. When two vastly different men enter her life, each vying for her attentions, one lapse, a single moment of passion, finds her married to the wrong one. Can she forget her heart’s desires, the man she wanted, and give herself to the one she can’t stand. Or, will she end up forsaking her marriage vows for true love?
Lord Alexander Bradford has been wrongly accused of attempted rape. Fleeing from England to America, he purchases a home in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He has one purpose in mind – to acquire a wife. However, polite society has not forgotten his past, and gossip follows him. Finding a virtuous woman to marry is near to impossible until the beautiful Rebecca Benton stumbles into his path. Will his deception win him Rebecca, or cause him lose her once his secret is revealed?
© 2016 by Leigh Lee
Adaira seized the moment to pounce. “If? If what, Milord? If I submit? If I publicly welcome you into my heart as the rightful Lord of Stanwood?” she spat venomously, hating him more now than ever. “You may have invaded my lands, forced me into marriage and conquered my body in this bed, but you will never be anything more to me than a barbaric thief.”
Renouf’s face darkened with fury sending shivers racing through her, as did the coldness of his voice when he answered. “So be it, Adaira. That was my last peace offering. I will nay force you. Your own body will be thy worst enemy, nay me.” His lips hovered closer. “Ma femme fatale, prove now, if you are able, just how much you hate your barbaric thief of a husband.”
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