By Eloisa James
"Magic lower than the mistletoe . . .
One superb Christmas, girl Perdita Selby, identified to her family and friends as Poppy, met the fellow she idea she would like perpetually. The devilishly beautiful Duke of Fletcher used to be the precise fit for the blameless, breathtakingly appealing younger Englishwoman, and theirs used to be the main romantic marriage ceremony she had ever noticeable. 4 years later, Poppy and the duke became the toast of the *ton . . .* yet in the back of closed doorways the spark in their love affair has burned out.
Unwilling to lose the lady he nonetheless lusts after, the duke is set to win again his beguiling bride's delectable affections . . . and surpass the heady days of old flame with a very sinful seduction.
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D. P. Macbeth was once born and raised in New England and has lived in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont and New Hampshire. He wrote this novel for his spouse in achievement of a promise he made to her once they attended university jointly in Vermont. The depictions of Australia are encouraged via work trips to Sydney and Melbourne. The vistas of the good Ocean highway, specifically Apollo Bay and Airey's Inlet have been brought to him by means of his son who lives within the Dandenong Mountains overlooking Victoria's Yarra Valley.
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Mr. Peters led her upstairs. The room he showed her was charming, and very clean. A fourposter bed covered in a white counterpane dominated most of the floor space beneath a window. ~ 41 ~ Mr. Peters lit the fire in the hearth‘s grate and left her to herself, saying, ―If you and your lordship need anything, you have only to ask. ‖ Gillian was happy to see him bow out, desperately needing a moment to freshen up a bit. However, once she was relaxed, the implications of the innkeeper‘s kind remarks sank in.
She asked, curiosity making her probe for the truth. His brows came up. He leaned back in his corner. Slowly he nodded his head. ―I knew her all my life…‖ His voice trailed off as if he didn‘t wish to discuss the matter. But Gillian had to ask questions. The man she knew as her husband was acting strangely. She remembered him as being almost as cold and indifferent as his father. This was a new Wright, and she didn‘t know if she trusted him. ―What is going on, Wright? Why did you come for me?
She fell back against the seat. ‖ ―Come along, Gillian. ‖ She rolled her eyes. ―I know the marquess. ‖ The angry muscle in his jaw tightened. She wondered if he knew how easily he gave away what he was thinking with the tense reaction. ―I know my family‘s faults, Gillian. ‖ she guessed, ignoring his show of temper. ―I have a housekeeper,‖ he returned levelly. ‖ ―We‘ve had this conversation,‖ she said almost pleasantly. ‖ ―I should have married a meeker woman,‖ he grumbled, and she had to laugh.