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An Impossible Attraction by Brenda Joyce

By Brenda Joyce

With her mother's passing, Alexandra Bolton gave up on like to look after her kinfolk. Now, with the Bolton identify in shame as a result of her father's profligate methods, marrying an aged squire may be the one strategy to retailer her kinfolk from absolute spoil. but if she meets the notorious Duke of Clarewood, outdated dreams—and outdated passions—are woke up as by no means earlier than. but she can't settle for his surprising proposition!

He is the wealthiest, strongest peer within the realm, and having witnessed the chilly horror of marriage as a toddler, he has vowed by no means to wed. yet Alexandra Bolton inflames him as no lady has ever performed, and she or he additionally serves him his first rejection! Now Clarewood—who continually will get what he wants—will pick out which principles to play via. but if ardour ultimately brings them jointly, a poor mystery threatens to rip them apart….

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The coaches ahead were large, luxurious broughams, with perfectly matching horses and liveried coachmen, and the gentlemen and ladies alighting were in the finest tails and ball gowns. Even in the dusk, Alexandra saw jewels glinting from the ladies’ throats and ears, and from the gentlemen’s hands. She’d almost forgotten how wealthy the peerage was. She looked down at her bare fingers, her green satin gown. The fabric should have shone, but it had been hanging in the closet for too many years. No one wore dresses with full sleeves above the elbow anymore, but there had not been enough time to alter her own dress—she’d altered the sleeves on Olivia’s and Corey’s gowns, instead.

The duke had been so furious with him that he’d been sent to his rooms and not allowed out for the rest of the week. Eventually he’d achieved a hundred percent. HE REALIZED ONE FOOTMAN was holding the coach door open for him, while the other was extending an open umbrella. It was raining harder now. His head ached uncomfortably. He nodded at the footmen and swung down from the coach, ignoring the umbrella. Although he wore the requisite felt hat, he was instantly soaked through. “You may wait here,” he told the footmen, who were as wet as he was.

Alexandra knew her mother was proud of her. Just as she knew she could not bear this last moment with her. “Don’t worry about the girls or Father. ” Elizabeth smiled sadly and fell silent. And it took Alexandra a full moment to realize that her eyes had become sightless. She gasped, hard, the intense pain blinding her. The tears finally overflowed, even as she fought them. She grasped her mother’s hands more firmly and lay down beside her, already missing her acutely, the pain unbearable now, and that was how her fiancé, Owen, found her.

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