Rules of Attraction (Governess Brides, Book 3)

By Christina Dodd

To the landlord of the celebrated Academy of Governesses
Dear Madame Owner, I am searching for an skilled spouse for my candy, aged, a little bit dotty aunt, and that better half needs to be:
1. Tall, blonde and twenty-seven years of age.
2. Desirous of residing in an historical citadel in an remoted sector of Lancashire.
3. now not apprehensive approximately any sinister rumors approximately me.
4. You.
Sincerely, the newly titled Marquess of Raeburn

From the landlord of the prestigious Academy of Governesses
My pricey, mysterious Lord Raeburn, Coincidentally, I satisfy your entire specifications. despite the fact that, as situation to accepting this place, I insist at the following:
1. That no curiosity be proven in my past.
2. That i've got the unfastened time to discover Lancashire for purposes that i cannot divulge.
3. that you just now not trouble to disclaim your culpability within the disappearance of your wife.
4. that we are going to now not bask in familiarity that may definitely lead to another disastrous, passionate interlude among us.
Sincerely, Hannah Setterington

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            Mrs. Trenchard curtsied and introduced, "Miss Hannah Setterington, my lord."
            For one second he stood stiffly, a lonely determine expecting ... whatever. Then in a low, deep voice he commanded, "Leave us."
            Hannah's breath caught. 
            That voice. That tone. 
            Her middle gave a thud. Then one other. Then one other, marking each one moment, every one pleasure, each one fear.
            From the again he seemed like ... and the mirrored image within the glass looked to be familiar. 
            But she knew how incorrect she should be. while he dwelt in her innovations, all males gave the look of him. 
            And but ... and but ...
            Vaguely, she heard the door close. Slowly, he grew to become to stand her. 
            And the foreboding which had haunted her for 9 years turned reality. 
            She had heard rumors this guy had killed his spouse. She knew he had not. Because she was once his wife.

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That’s most unlikely. She left right here only—” He stuck his breath. He shouldn’t say that, however it used to be actual. She had left him below an hour in the past, now not lengthy adequate to dress and into hassle already. yet Charles was once nodding or even dabbing at his nostril with a handkerchief. Dougald strode ahead and grabbed his shoulders. “Is she alive? ” “Oui, my lord, yet I worry her leg—” “What? ” “May be damaged. ” “Good. ” No, it wasn’t stable, yet Hannah might get over a damaged leg. rattling her, she might get better. “Where is she?

You weren’t in line for any name. ” “Obviously i used to be. ” He gestured round him. “I’m additionally the fourth in line for a barony. ” He shrugged, his extensive shoulders relocating up and down in a gesture of disdain. “Yet I can’t think whatever extra pathetic than a guy who will get his self-respect by way of boasting of , noble connection. ” She may well. throughout the time she’d run the prestigious Academy of Governesses, she’d met lots of males who idea an imprecise connection to William the Conqueror made them decent adequate to do no matter what they sought after along with her girls—or together with her.

Leaning toward Dougald, she truly reduced her voice to invite, “Do you're thinking that they’ve heard the rumors approximately Spring’s child? ” “I’m convinced they've got. ” “But it doesn’t subject, does it? examine the precious lady, talking to our personal monarch. Her Majesty loves Spring. The friends won’t ever dare snub her. ” Aunt Isabel took a swig of her cup. “Shallow bastards. ” Aunt Isabel, Dougald discovered, had had a section an excessive amount of of the mulled wine. Aunt Ethel got here to them and locked her arm via Aunt Isabel’s. “Minnie despatched me to get you.

As you need, pass over Setterington! ” Hannah smiled after him. “He’s a dear,” she stated. “He’s a cretin,” Dougald answered. The staring at footman virtually tripped over his toes as he arrived to announce, “My lord, they’re the following. A dozen carriages, all complete. ” A flurry of job broke out one of the serving people; they every one were assigned a station and so they guarded their accountability fiercely, nervous to work out their Queen. The butler opened the door. The footmen with their umbrellas rushed outdoors and down the steps, each one wearing his best livery and figuring out he will be soaked for the honor of escorting anyone of the Royal celebration.

How for much longer until eventually we’re there? ” “We’re at th’ best o’ th’ tor. ” He pointed forward as though she might really see the landmark he confirmed her. “There’s th’ gatehouse. Th’ moat’s been crammed in those 200 years. We’re in th’ courtyard now. ” The lighting fixtures of the fort loomed out of the mist in surprising suddenness. The wood wheels rattled as they rolled throughout paving stones and stopped in the midst of the force. Tilting her head again, Hannah seemed up so far as she may possibly, surprised by means of the big pile of granite that rose so without notice out of the floor.

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