By Sara Reinke

Charlotte Engle unearths herself at the flawed finish of a pistol whilst her trainer is stopped by means of infamous highwaymen, the Black Trio. even supposing Charlotte survives the stumble upon none the more severe for put on, her mom, girl Epping, makes a decision Charlotte is wanting a husband to guard her. Charlotte is susceptible to agree in simple terms whilst brought to Kenley Fairfax. Kenley is fascinating and good-looking, a tender lord with a sordid previous and a name for difficulty. He’s simply the kind to strike Charlotte’s fancy—and horrify her mom. while woman Epping arranges a wedding to an unbearable cad, even if, Kenley involves her rescue mentioning 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 somebody she has identified under per week? a guy with secrets and techniques in his existence 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 unearths herself eager about an internet of deceit that comes with late-night conspiracies, road theft, cold-blooded homicide, and—most unforeseen of all—love.

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Not much, anyway. ” She held up her hand proudly to show him her wounded knuckles. ” “Well, there is something to hold dear,” Reilly said, and she snickered. He cradled her hand against his own, examining her dim bruises. ” “Of course not,” Charlotte said. ” “You are right,” Reilly said. ” Charlotte smiled. She hooked her arm around his neck and rose onto her toes, embracing him. “I am so glad you are home, Reilly,” she whispered. ” “I have missed you, too, lamb,” he breathed. “Please tell me you will stay awhile,” she said.

I have read your essays, Charlotte,” he said. “Do not 43 pay James Houghton any mind. ” she asked, surprised. “Of course I have,” he said. “My sister is a published author—that makes me very proud. ” She blinked at him, pleased and dumbfounded. 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.

Well, there is something to hold dear,” Reilly said, and she snickered. He cradled her hand against his own, examining her dim bruises. ” “Of course not,” Charlotte said. ” “You are right,” Reilly said. ” Charlotte smiled. She hooked her arm around his neck and rose onto her toes, embracing him. “I am so glad you are home, Reilly,” she whispered. ” “I have missed you, too, lamb,” he breathed. “Please tell me you will stay awhile,” she said. “I do not know,” he said. ” He kissed her ear. “But do not worry for that.

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