CATHY MAXWELL spends hours in front of her computer pondering the question, “Why do people fall in love?” It remains for her the great mystery of life and the secret to happiness. She lives in beautiful Virginia with children, horses, dogs, and cats.
Fate has brought them together -again.
At one time, Jemma had meant the world to Dane Pendleton, but then she betrayed their young love by marrying another for his title and fortune.
Now Time has turned the tables. Dane is wealthy, respected, knighted and the widowed Jemma has nothing but her pride.
His honor for hers . . .
Dane’s name is on the lips of every beauty in London. They whisper he learned “tricks” while he was in the Orient. But has he forgotten Jemma, now Lady Mosby, and what they had once meant to each other? And will he accept her devil’s bargain?
In every woman’s life, there is that one love who slipped away. The man who makes her wonder “what if?”
But is this a momentary madness or a chance to rekindle a love that could last a lifetime?
The hoarseness in his voice surprised her, and she realized she’d been staring at his shirt front in the area of his heart. She blushed, both embarrassed and confused. “I never meant to hurt you.”
There, she’d said it.
Years ago, she’d not had the opportunity. Her father had packed her off to London to marry Mosby posthaste. He’d told her Dane would forget her easily. He’d told her she would forget Dane.
Now she knew her father had lied.
She expected Dane to reject her apology. It was only what she deserved. She could not meet his eye . . . and realized the longer she prolonged leaving, the more difficult it would be for both of them.
Jemma started to take a step back, but then he leaned forward, slightly closing the door and barring her way.
Surprised, she raised her head and found him staring at her lips with an intensity that increased her own pulse. Her breasts grew full, her nipples hard.
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