A Rebellious Bride by Brenda Hiatt

By Brenda Hiatt

Betrothed?How, with out a moment's forethought, might wonderful. omit Quinn Peverill be engaged to be married to a guy she slightly is familiar with? Lord Marcus Northrop is good-looking and bold, and possibly a prize for any keen maid. yet all it takes is a small sequence of mishaps and a whiff of scandal, and all of sudden this stranger is her groom-to-be!Marcus can't almost certainly marry! it is going to intervene along with his lifestyles. nonetheless, there's something to be acknowledged for this sensuous, headstrong woman -- and the need she enflames inside of him easily can't be overlooked. What he does not understand is that Quinn guards secrets and techniques of her personal -- and stocks with him a lust for perilous experience. yet will this ardour be adequate to affix harmful double lives while neither Quinn nor Marcus dares to like?

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After only the barest moment's hesitation, Marcus nodded. " "Come, then. " By the time Miss Peverill ventured downstairs an hour later, clean and properly clad in a flattering but discreet gown of cream muslin, all had been arranged. The captain was waiting for her at the foot of the stairs, Marcus hovering uncomfortably behind him. The Claridges, thankfully, had gone upstairs to change for dinner. "My dear, you look much recovered from your experience," boomed the captain as she reached them.

Quinn poured herself a cup of tea, one source of anxiety gone, if a minor one. "Thank you, Mrs. Walsh. " "Nay, you make it _your_ home, my lady. " With that, she bobbed a curtsy and left Quinn to her tea--and her thoughts. Where _was_ Marcus? Surely it was not usual for a man to go wandering about London on his wedding day. He couldn't have taken a carriage, or she'd have seen it from her window upstairs--unless it was while she was indulging herself in tears. Setting down her cup, she decided to attempt a small test.

She simply _had_ to escape somehow, before the worst happened. "That's better," said Sally, when Quinn remained silent. "Now, I'll go down and do a bit of advertising. " Quinn shook her head. She hadn't eaten since breakfast, but the thought of food made her nauseous. With another shrug, Sally left her. Quinn heard the key turn once the door closed, but she tried to turn the handle anyway. Locked. Frantically, she gazed about the room. The window, true to Sally's words, was covered by an iron grating, impossible to climb through.

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