The Rake's Substitute Bride
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by Mysty McPartland
Description: Desperate to fill the terms of his grandfather's will, Nathan buys himself a wife. He wasn't particular who it was just as long as she was an agreeable woman. Did her duty by baring his child and left him alone to pursue his own amusement. However, minutes before the ceremony was to begin the silly twit had run away. Furious he confronted her family and demanded they produce a woman he could wed. It was only after the wedding was over that he bothered to look at the woman he'd married. He was shocked to find himself attracted to her. When he learns exactly who she is he was infuriated to learn she was the woman who had barged into a bedchamber at a whore house and caught him naked and fully aroused. When she refused to share his bed he has no alternative but to seduce his bride and it wasn't long before his attitude towards the marriage he originally planned alters considerably. He now wants a true and loving relationship between them and when he asks her to keep her promise to him can only pray that she will. If she doesn't whatever happiness they could have as man and wife would be destroyed. Not at all happy to be placed in a position where she had no choice but to follow her father's dictates, Sheldon was also furious that she would have to marry a man that not only frightened her but she detested as well. However, though she might have to be his substitute bride she definitely refused to be his substituted bed mate and let him know in no uncertain terms she wasn't going to be the mother of his children. She was also determined that no man would dictate her life or obey his commands. As the days passed though whatever defences she built up against him he quickly reduced them to rubble. When he gives his word that he will remain faithful to her she was unable to withstand his seductive charm any longer and she surrenders the potent attraction between them. But only after a few weeks the joy she found in her marriage was shattered and though her heart was breaking the only thing she could do was ask her husband for a divorce. After thinking his wife had broken her promise to him, Nathan only finds out to late he'd made a terrible mistake. Can he win his wife's affection back? Or will she never forgive him for not trusting her?
eBook Publisher: Solstice Publishing/Solstice Publishing,
eBookwise Release Date: July 2012
6 Reader Ratings:
Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [164 KB]
Reading time: 110-154 min.
With the note crushed in his hand, Nathan thrust the door to the bridal suite open and glared at the occupants. He was so enraged that the woman he was about to marry had fled just minutes before the wedding ceremony. She wouldn't get away with this, nor would her family. No one made him look like a fool and they most assuredly were going to pay for it.
"What is the meaning of this? Where is she? I paid off your debts and extra for a bride. I have half the town downstairs expecting me to wed. You sir have twenty minutes to supply me with a bride or you will find yourself in debtor's prison." He bellowed, threatening the occupants before spinning around, and storming back to his bedchamber where he started to pace.
He was furious, he needed a wife now before it was too late, time was running out. He had to have at least one child filling his nursery by next year or he would lose everything. Damn is grandfather and the stipulation in the old man's will. When his parents died he'd been in his teens and was the next in line to inherit the title and lands. Though he detested the thought of marrying, he would be damned if he was going to let his sniveling weasel of a cousin inherit what was rightly his. So there had better be a bride walking down the aisle in fifteen minutes or there would be hell to pay. He dragged his fingers through his hair in frustration as he glared unseeing out the window.
How had he managed to get it so wrong? He was positive the woman he chose to wed was ecstatic about marrying him. The few times he spent in her company she seemed happy enough. So what was all this nonsense about and why did she suddenly have a change of heart? He scowled darkly, his hands fisted in the pockets of his gray morning pants. He didn't want to think about or have the time to hunt down another woman who would be a suitable wife. And it would be damn humiliating if the ceremony didn't take place today.
If he ever saw the infernal woman again he would relish wringing her neck for this, be damned if he wouldn't. Well she better pray her father came up with the goods, because if the man didn't, they would all live to regret it. He had only twelve months to sire an offspring and he couldn't waste one more day. After his wife conceived and nine months later there was a baby in the nursery, she could do what she liked. Just as long as he fulfilled the terms of the will, nothing else mattered.
As long as they were both discreet, he had no problem with her living her own life because that's just what he planned to do himself. After all, it was only a marriage of convenience and all he asked from her was respect and obedience. He would bestow a decent allowance on her and when it was necessary, escort her to certain functions. It would be no different from every other marriage of the ton. Well it would have been if the silly twit hadn't run away. Damn her to hell.
An enraged growl rumbled in his chest when the clock struck the hour, jerking his hands free from his pants he spun around and left the room. Humiliated or not, he had to go downstairs and stand in front of the preacher. It was time to get this farce over and done with and if no bride was produced heads would roll. He would be damned if he was going to be used and made to look like an idiot.