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Love has designs of its own.…
To all of London society, Lord and Lady Tremaine had the ideal arrangement: a marriage based on civility, courteousness, and freedom—by all accounts, a perfect marriage. The reason? For the last ten years, husband and wife have resided on separate continents.
But once upon a time, things were quite different for the Tremaines….When Gigi Rowland first laid eyes on Camden Saybrook, the attraction was immediate and overwhelming. But what began in a spark of passion ended in betrayal the morning after their wedding—and now Gigi wants to be free to marry again. When Camden returns from America with an outrageous demand in exchange for her freedom, Gigi’s decision will have consequences she never imagined, as secrets are exposed, desire is rekindled—and one of London’s most admired couples must either fall in love all over again…or let each other go forever.
Gigi almost turned around in her astonishment. Somehow she'd never thought of her mother as an ally in this matter. She'd always believed, perhaps because of her substantial culpability, that Mrs. Rowland blamed her for the silent disaster that was her marriage. That her mother's letters had given Camden the wherewithal to blackmail her had further contributed to her conviction that Mrs. Rowland would enter into a sexual union with the devil himself if Camden would only bestow his blessed forgiveness on Gigi.
Oh, I had no time. Within weeks after my arrival in America I'd taken on such astronomical loans I could scarcely eat or sleep for fear of defaulting. I was up at five every morning and never went to bed before one. ” He grimaced a little at the memory, then smiled at her. “You could also say I had no intention. I wanted you. I wanted to stomp back into your life one day, twice as wealthy as you, if possible. I imagined decadent, histrionic reunions and wasted a river of sperm masturbating to these fantasies.
So modest. ” “When I say cobbled, I mean cobbled. I had no idea how to manufacture the kind of neckline she wanted without the bodice falling off her. So I took apart one of my mother's mesh bustles and wired the entire décolletage. She was terrified during the ball that the gown would either kill her or poke some handsome swain in the chest. ” “She showed it to me when she came to England in 1890,” said Gigi. “I couldn't believe that you made it until she swore it on the lives of all her children.
Ten pounds was a significant amount of money. It was not uncommon for working girls to earn two quid a month. “What about Miss Dutton? ” “Eight pounds. Miss Dutton is an unusually talented calligrapher. She will have a secure future if she keeps her more destructive tendencies in check. ” He placed three cravats in the satchel and looked up. “On the strength of her own words? I assume Miss Dutton didn't have a character either. ” “I have a private investigator on retainer. In six years I've had only three women default on me, and one of them was run over by a carriage.
You look well,” he said. His compliment took her aback. Uncharacteristically, her hand crept to her coiffure and tucked a tiny escaped strand of hair behind her right ear. “Thank you,” she replied, her tone almost diffident. “So do you. ” That was not a bad beginning. “I apologize for my earlier intrusion. ” “Oh, that. Freddie was just about to leave. ” “Did you tell him? ” “Tell him . . . of what? ” He blinked. She didn't sound coy. She sounded baffled. She was not pregnant. Suddenly he felt unsteady again, this time as if someone had swung a very large object at the back of his head.