By Melody Thomas
An obsession that blooms into scandal
Since early life, Ryan Donally cherished Rachel Bailey, although the bright, appealing lass observed him as simply one other rowdy boy. The years pulled them aside, sporting Rachel to a spot of accountability and appreciate few ladies of her time loved . . . whereas Ryan ascended to undreamed-of heights of wealth and luck, and sure his middle to another.
Now destiny has introduced them jointly as soon as again—and Rachel sees now not the boy she as soon as spurned, yet a panoramic guy she wants. but Ryan has moved on and is unwilling to forgive, and Rachel hides a mystery disgrace which can spoil every little thing she has labored for. Then, in a single second of unrestrained ardour, the partitions among them tumble, and the fee they need to pay is a wedding neither can come up with the money for. yet will a sensuous fireplace too-long resisted carry tragedy . . . or will it forge an excellent and timeless love?
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She’d never been an outwardly prissy type anyway. She’d rarely worn a real dress until she was well into her middle teen years. ” “Quite the opposite, Miss Bailey,” he reassured her. ” “Mr. ” Rachel laughed. Of course he got angry. He’d always been hot-tempered around her. Shrugging aside Boswell’s logic, Rachel stirred cream in her coffee and brought the cup to her lips. Mary Elizabeth was on her morning constitutional with Miss Peabody. They would be back in an hour. Rachel had watched her brieﬂy from her window that morning.
She set her hand on the back of a highbacked chair where his shirt lay discarded from last night. The masculine trace of his familiar cologne tugged at her senses—as well as something subtly more invasive. Expensive French perfume. ” Ryan returned to the doorway wearing black pants tucked into tall boots and ﬁnishing the last of the buttons on his shirt. ” “I have all the faith on my side. He’s a priest, Ryan,” she said, tossing him a foil, which he snatched easily out of the air. She would personally skewer him.
Rachel lowered her arm. And opened her jaw, ready to crawl into the ﬂoorboards. Except shock had frozen her. Her stunned gaze traveled past his abdomen, up the width of chest and tanned column of his throat. Reason ﬂed to the back of her brain. Her gaze reached the bow of his mouth and higher, to his eyes. The shock was abrupt. They stared at each other beneath the white heat of anger, their gazes locked, his eyes so dark they were nearly black behind the thick fringe of his lashes. Then he moved and she was suddenly pinned to the wall, his hands on either side of her head as he looked down into her face.