THE LADY WHO SAW TOO MUCH by Thomasine Rappold
Cursed with prophetic visions and desperate to atone for a death she could have prevented, Gianna York swears she will never again ignore the chance to save a life. When she is hired by Landen Elmsworth to serve as companion to his sister, Gia repeatedly sees the image of her employer’s lifeless corpse floating in Misty Lake. As subsequent visions reveal more details, Gia soon realizes her best chance to save this difficult man is by becoming his wife.
At first, Landen Elmsworth believes the fetching Miss York might be right for a meaningless dalliance, but he grossly underestimates her capacity for cunning and soon finds himself bound until death to a woman he may never be able to trust. Yet in the dark of their bedroom they discover an undeniable passion–and a capacity to forge their own destiny . . .
She swallowed hard at his silence, averting her eyes. With a toss of her head, she recovered quickly. “Not that I care a whit. Feel free to carry on with whomever you like.”
He shook his head, smiling at her blunt retort. “While your permission is appreciated, you are my wife now, Gia. And as such, I promise I shall bestow all my carnal desires upon you.”
Gia gritted her teeth, detesting him now as much as he so obviously detested her. Why on earth was she bothering to save the insufferable man’s life? Why on earth did she care?
Perhaps, she’d turn out to be the culprit responsible for his floating in the creek. The horrible thought shamed her, but she could not stop herself. The man vexed her beyond reason.
The damn smirk on his lips told her this was the reaction from her that he sought. To unnerve her with his endless reminders of the intimacies she was now expected to share with him. Resenting his attempt to exert some husbandly power over her, she refused to give him the satisfaction of playing into his hand.
Inhaling a quick breath, she met his smile with one of her own. Placing a firm hand on his arm, she rose to her toes. “I look forward to it,” she whispered into his ear before she strode away.
She glanced over her shoulder, enjoying his stunned expression as he watched after her. Somehow, that expression was worth lowering herself to his level. She hated to admit it, but rattling him was also great fun.
Once inside the house, she felt differently. Liar, wanton, manipulator. She had no idea who she was anymore. Her thoughts meandered to her parents. How shocked they would be if they knew she was married. More likely, they were well past caring. She had no doubt they were relieved to be rid of her. They’d proven this by not coming after her.
Gia shook away thoughts of the past. She should have held her tongue about Charlotte. Had the man any honorable feelings toward his former lover, he wouldn’t have kissed Gia the way he had in the first place. But nothing about Landen Elmsworth seemed honorable at the moment.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
A three-time RWA Golden Heart nominee, Thomasine Rappold writes historical romance and historical romance with paranormal elements. She lives with her husband in a small town in upstate New York that inspired her current series. When she’s not spinning tales of passion and angst, she enjoys spending time with her family, fishing on one of the nearby lakes, and basking on the beach in Cape Cod. Thomasine is a member of Romance Writers of America and the Capital Region Romance Writers. Readers can find her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter: @ThomRappold.