Henrietta Upperton is about to marry Alexander Sanford when he rushes off to India to salvage his family’s fortune. Then comes the devastating news that he has wed another. Eight agonizing years later, a storm washes Alexander ashore—injured, widowed, and hunted—and one glimpse of his ruggedly handsome face reawakens the desire Henrietta thought she had buried deep inside. Her body still yearns for his touch, but she’s determined not let him wound her again . . . not this time.
For Alexander, honor always comes first. But only now does he realize that when given the choice between two virtuous deeds, he picked the wrong one. On the run with his life in tatters and a pair of daughters in tow, Alexander burns for Henrietta. He knows he does not deserve forgiveness. And yet he longs to wrap his arms around her warm body once again. What’s more, he is sure the lady craves the same.
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With a gasp, Henrietta stumbled back. The coin she held ready to pay for the paper slipped from her suddenly shaky fingers to clatter onto the floorboards. The man at the counter slumped earthward. Not just any man. Alexander. The dull light of the dusty shop was sufficient to illuminate his ashen face, just as sickly gray as last night.
“Good heavens.” She caught herself before something worse slipped out. Not—or so she thought—that Tilly would bat an eye. Still, she clapped a hand over her mouth as extra insurance. The gesture hid her quivering lips, if nothing else.