By Barbara Metzger
Aurora's fiance used to be rushing, well-bred--and already married! thankfully, the scoundrel's brother-in-law was resolute to save lots of Aurora from disgrace--even if he needed to marry her himself...
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She managed to give him a shaky smile in return, at which he said, "Good girl. I knew you had bottom," and turned back to the vicar. The most momentous day of her life, Aurora thought, and she was liable to recall his praise above all. For sure she heard not one sentence of the Reverend Mr. Mainwaring's speech, until he got to the part about just cause and speaking now, and oh, dear, Uncle Ptolemy was poking Lord Phelan in the ribs, to keep him still. The vicar went on, and Aurora sighed in relief.
Barring that, I always supposed that the husband had some say in his marriage. Perhaps I got that impression from hearing you swear to love, honor, and obey. " "Oh, yes. " Aurora took another swallow. "Then I suppose we could discuss the issues and come to a mutual agreement. " He was sifting her hair through his fingers again, breathing the scent of the rosewater rinse. " "Am I rushing, my pet? Sorry. I do tend to move quickly once I have decided my direction. I was never one for shilly-shallying.
No, Aurora could not do that to such a fine gentleman. She kept her eyes firmly on the magazine in her lap. So what if it was a journal on sheep shearing? If she wasn't going to be a countess, the saints knew she needed another career. How could he think that she should be presented to London's beau monde, and by a duchess, no less? She'd be nothing but a Phoxinus phoxinus , a minnow in a pool of glittering goldfish. No, she did not belong among London's upper elevations. But the scandal in Bath would be devastating to her aunt and uncle if she had the funds to return there, which she did not.
A Worthy Wife (Signet Regency Romance) by Barbara Metzger