An Unexpected Engagement by Sara Reinke

By Sara Reinke

Charlotte Engle unearths herself at the incorrect finish of a pistol whilst her trainer is stopped by way of infamous highwaymen, the Black Trio. even if Charlotte survives the come upon none the more serious for put on, her mom, woman Epping, makes a decision Charlotte is wanting a husband to guard her. Charlotte is susceptible to agree in basic terms while brought to Kenley Fairfax. Kenley is captivating and good-looking, a tender lord with a sordid previous and a name for hassle. He’s simply the kind to strike Charlotte’s fancy—and horrify her mom. whilst woman Epping arranges a wedding to an unbearable cad, even if, Kenley involves her rescue pointing out she has already agreed to marry him. Kenley charms and excites Charlotte greater than any guy she has ever met, yet can she rather marry an individual she has recognized under every week? a guy with secrets and techniques in his lifestyles he retains fiercely guarded? let alone one her mom despises? The nearer Charlotte attracts to the reality approximately Kenley, the extra she realizes he should be able to way more treachery than she had believed attainable, and the extra she reveals herself fascinated by an internet of deceit that incorporates late-night conspiracies, road theft, cold-blooded homicide, and—most unforeseen of all—love.

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He asked at length, pausing in midstride, and drawing her to an obliging halt alongside of him. ” 34 SA R A R EINK E She looked up at him and tried to find something polite to say in reply. “That . . ” “When I think of that scoundrel highwayman touching you,” James whispered, his brows pinching. “Laying his filthy hands against your soft flesh, the innocent swell of your bosom in such savage fashion, I. ” He lowered his face to the ground. ” Charlotte had her ideas, but kept them to herself. “This would not have happened if I had accompanied you properly,” he said quietly, looking at her.

What a surprise to discover you tucked among the ladies, rather than at the card tables. ” When Payton spoke, Charlotte put a name to the young man’s face: Camden Iden, Baron Hallingbury. He was attractive in a doe-eyed, effeminate sort of fashion; his innocent appearance belied a rather improper penchant for wooing young noble daughters. By rumor, many a lady’s unsullied virtues had been lost to his bed. Charlotte had heard once that he kept a rather distasteful collection of garter ribbons in his highboy as testimony to his conquests.

She was completely unaware Lord Epping had ever seen— much less purchased—one of her chapbooks. “They are very good, Charlotte,” Reilly told her. “I especially liked the one where you criticized arranged marriages. What did you call it? ’ ” He smiled. ” He looked out the window again, and she smiled at him. “Thank you, Reilly,” she whispered, pleased beyond measure, her bosom pressing against the confines of her stomacher as her chest swelled with stoking pride. “Perhaps Mother should read it,” he remarked.

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