When the duchess decides to wed her to a wastrel and a fop, Ravyn Grahm takes matters into her own hands and declares her engagement to another man. Instead of fessing up and telling her great aunt what she has done, she goes through with the pretense. Aric Lakeland is the bastard son of an earl and has a dangerous reputation. But Ravyn is willing to do most anything to keep the duchess from discovering the lie.
A DEVIL-MAY-CARE SMUGGLER
He'd bought land in America, looking to put down roots and end his life of adventure, but Aric Lakeland got more than he bargained for when he encountered a beautiful heiress who made a promise she didn't want to keep. But the promise could not be undone and standing between them were more obstacles than either ever dreamed. Aric had made plans to spend the rest of his life in America and that was at odds with Ravyn's plan of living in England and running her father's estate. Now, he'll have to choose between his dreams and the woman he loves more than life.
Ravyn whirled on Aric, a heated flush to her cheeks. "You haven’t said a word. You’re enjoying this aren’t you?"
He shrugged. "Not particularly. What makes you believe I enjoy lying or watching you squirm? Besides, I have every confidence that you will figure a way out of this predicament."
"Oh," she wanted to stomp her foot. "What are we going to do?"
His brows furrowed together, he pushed away from the mantle and approached her. "I think I might enjoy the wedding night. What about you?" he asked, his voice a hard rasp.
Her face paled and she suddenly felt the floor undulate. "Wedding night?" she repeated. Startled, she looked at him. "You are despicable. We are not married. You cannot think that I would--"
He nodded. "We will be sharing a room tonight. I don’t intend to sleep on the floor."
"Then tell me what it is I should do. Tell the duchess? She will be humiliated in front of all London. The notice will be in the paper in the morning. Then she will have all her friends to explain this to."
"But you do not want to marry me anymore than I want you."
"I seem to be taking a liking to the idea. At least the bedding part. You are quite beautiful."
"No," she was backing away, wishing the floor would rise up and swallow her.
"Yes," he said, eyebrows rising.
"But..." She was speechless.
"Be forewarned. In one week, we sail for America."
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Born in Medford, Oregon, novelist Christine Young has lived in Oregon all of her life. After graduating from Oregon State University with a BS in science, she spent another year at Southern Oregon State University working on her teaching certificate, and a few years later received her Master's degree in secondary education and counseling. Now the long, hot days of summer provide the perfect setting for creating romance. She sold her first book, Dakota's Bride, the summer of 1998 and her second book, My Angel to Kensington. Her teaching and writing careers have intertwined with raising three children. Christine's newest venture is the creation of Rogue Phoenix Press. Christine is the founder, editor and co-owner with her husband. They live in Salem, Oregon.
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