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“I beg your pardon.” She turned on her heel and faced Wyverne. “You are making me an offer of marriage? After telling me that you have long found me insignificant?”
“I didn’t intend to single you out. I referred to everyone I knew in London.”
“That does not improve the matter.” She suppressed a laugh of disbelief. “Why are you proposing marriage to me, Wyverne?”
His gaze caught hers, then turned back toward the garden of Applewood House. “Just as you suspected. I need a wealthy wife.”
He offered to share her life but would not even look at her. Typical Wyverne. There was no comprehending the man.
But Caroline could comprehend his response easily enough. It was what all her suitors would say if they were honest. Usually they gilded their intentions in fine words or sweetened them with lavish gifts, but Caroline knew what lay at their hearts.
For Caroline was wealthy; therein lay her appeal. This was, at least, a change from her debut season, when she had possessed no currency but a flawless face. Even after a near-disastrous brush with scandal, she had parlayed her beauty into a marriage beyond anyone’s dreams but her own. In her nine years of marriage, she had earned every farthing of the generous income her late husband had willed to her. Now many men of the ton wished to relieve her of it.
She had never expected Wyverne to be among that number. Actually, she had never expected to see him again.
Excerpt from TO CHARM A NAUGHTY COUNTESS ©2014 by Theresa Romain. All rights reserved.
Genre: Historical Romance
Length: 384 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (May 6, 2014)
CAN A RECLUSIVE DUKE…
Brilliant but rumored mad, Michael Layward, the impoverished Duke of Wyverne, has no success courting heiresses until widowed Lady Stratton takes up his cause–after first refusing his suit.
WIN LONDON’S MOST POWERFUL COUNTESS?
Caroline Graves, the popular Countess of Stratton, sits alone at the pinnacle of London society and has vowed never to remarry. When Michael–her counterpart in an old scandal–returns to town after a long absence, she finds herself as enthralled with him as ever. As she guides the anxiety-ridden duke through the trials of society, Caroline realizes that she’s lost her heart . But if she gives herself to the only man she’s ever loved, she’ll lose the hard-won independence she prizes above all.
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Other Books in Series:
*Season for Temptation
*Season for Surrender
*Season for Scandal
*It Takes Two to Tangle
*To Charm a Naughty Countess
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