By Laura Lee Guhrke
As soon as Upon a Time . . . Maria Martingale used to be going to elope. yet Phillip Hawthorne, Marquess of Kayne, positioned a cease to these plans while he discovered his more youthful brother meant to marry a cook's daughter. Now, twelve years later, Maria discovers that the fellow who holds her destiny in his fingers is none except the haughty gentleman who despatched her packing—and he is as good-looking and conceited as ever. fortunately Ever After? constantly the right kind gentleman, Phillip will do something to guard his family members from scandal, and whilst Maria dares to maneuver in correct round the corner, he is aware scandal would definitely keep on with. She is as tempting as he remembered . . . and the extra he sees her, the more durable it's for Phillip to maintain his personal mystery hope for her a mystery . . .
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No doubt, he wanted to protect his brother from her, but at least he couldn‘t say any of this was her fault. She‘d been keeping to her end of the bargain. Lawrence entered the kitchen, but Phillip paused just inside the door. Like his brother, he was formally attired in a black evening suit, and he tucked his black silk top hat into the crook of his arm before giving her a stiff bow. ―Good evening, Miss Martingale,‖ he said as he closed the door behind him. Mimicking his formality, she responded with her deepest, most exaggerated curtsy, then tilted her head to one side and studied him as if puzzled.
He murmured as he crossed the room and took the chair opposite. ‖ Perhaps she hadn‘t yet had sufficient time to cry on his brother‘s shoulder about her misfortunes and condemn him as a bully and a cad. But no, he decided, studying her face. If he‘d interrupted her before she‘d had a chance to play on Lawrence‘s sympathy, she wouldn‘t be looking like a kitten in the cream. Whatever plan she‘d concocted, she‘d already put it into play. ―Really, Phillip, sometimes you‘re the most aggravating fellow,‖ Lawrence said as he resumed his seat beside Maria.
She was relieved that he‘d changed his mind and happy to be keeping this lovely kitchen, but that didn‘t stop her from wanting to hurl a few eggs at his head as he walked out the door. Chapter 5 The Queen of Hearts, she made some tarts, all on a summer’s day. ~ English nursery rhyme Maria was confident she could keep to the bargain she and Phillip had made. She had no desire to see Lawrence, and besides, she had work to do. During the fortnight that followed, she spent every free moment readying her shop to open, with some much-needed help from her friends.
Secret Desires of a Gentleman (Girl Bachelor Chronicles, Book 3) by Laura Lee Guhrke