All Things Beautiful (Harper Monogram) by Cathy Maxwell

By Cathy Maxwell

Lady Julia Markham used to be the toast of London Society -- till an ill-advised tried elopement led to betrayal and left her sturdy identify in tatters. Now ruined, penniless, and determined, she has agreed to wed the magnetic and probably risky Brader Wolf. A speeding, phenomenally winning self-made businessman, Brader wishes this union to assist achieve him access into the drawing rooms of the aristocracy, not anything extra. Julia, even if, is a lady of infrequent ardour and bold, irresistibly attracted to this enigmatic, infuriating guy, and no mere marriage of mutual comfort will do. yet how some distance will the lively attractiveness need to visit fulfill a center that may accept a minimum of the affection of a lifetime?

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Harry, Julia noted, had the good grace to blush hotly. Wolf didn’t notice. ” His tone was quiet, courteous. Two of Myers’s clerks jumped to do as Brader Wolf requested, not even waking Rufus in the process. Wolf did not look up from the papers he’d started to review but added, “And the dog, Daniel. ” So! He did realize they were present. Lady 26 Cathy Maxwell Markham mutely handed her precious Maestro over to the third clerk. Wolf’s deep voice filled the room as he went over the marriage contract point by point, giving Julia ample opportunity to study this man who would be her husband.

Panic welled up inside her. Julia fought the emotion down and answered stiffly, “I don’t go out in society, Mr. ” “It is of no matter to me, Lady Julia. Since I lack a hostess, I will expect your mother and yourself to manage all the details. ” “But I don’t go out in society, Mr. Wolf,” Julia repeated, hoping he didn’t detect the hint of shakiness in her voice. “An act of good faith, my lady. ” She hoped it was easier than his first. “You offered yourself as a docile wife, and upon reflection a docile wife is exactly what I need.

His name felt new and exotic on her lips. 36 Cathy Maxwell The corner of Wolf’s mouth quirked cynically to one side. “That won’t be necessary . . Julia. Don’t prize yourself too highly. ” He lifted her hand and turned it palm side up. His finger traced the faint scars at her wrists before he added, his voice soft and slightly menacing, “And if you ever decide to attempt suicide again, cut here, and”—his manicured nail traveled up her arm to the crease—“cut here. ” Julia jerked her hand away from him and without a second’s hesitation slapped him, her hand smacking soundly against the side of his strong jaw.

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