His Jilted Bride
by Rose Gordon
It's her wedding day and there is no groom in sight. But why should Amelia Brice be surprised? Hiram, Lord Friar is known for having no gentleman's honor to speak of and his jilting her on their wedding day makes it official.
Elijah Banks cannot allow his childhood friend to continue to be shamed this way. It's been almost an hour past the time when the wedding was to start, and that bounder still hasn't shown up. Unable to sit still a second longer, Elijah does the only thing that seems logical from where he stands: kidnap the bride and marry her himself in order to escape this scandal with one far more forgiving for a young lady's reputation.
The only trouble is, she has a secret...but so does he; hers is big...but his is bigger.
He pushed open the window as far as it would go and motioned for her to come over. “All right, I'll climb out first and then help pull you through.”
She cast him a tentative glance. “Is that really necessary?”
He stared at her as if she'd just asked the stupidest question ever. “Do you know another way to get out of here without being seen?”
“No.” But that still didn't mean she wanted to climb out a window.
“Don't worry, Amelia. I'll be right there to help you.”
“Wonderful,” she muttered as he threw his left leg over the window sill, then his right.
He jumped down and took a step back. “All right, Amelia, let's see those superb leaping skills you used to boast about having.”
Had she a heavy object at her disposal—and not been in the middle of escaping what was sure to be the scandal of the season—she'd have brained him right then and there. With as much grace as her heavy satin gown would allow, she made her way to the window, pulled her skirt up as far as she could, and then threw one stocking-clad leg over the windowsill.
And that's as far as she got.
Between the heavy skirts and the voluminous petticoats underneath them, she couldn't move.
“Elijah, help me. I think my skirt is stuck.”
He grinned at her.
“Elijah, why are you just standing there?”
“Just admiring the view,” he said with a wink.
“Elijah!” She gave her dress a hearty yank, but it would seem her iron hoop stays were too wide to go through the window. “You can gawk all you want later. Just help me out.”
“Promises, promises,” he muttered, coming up to her.
Lady Amelia Bruce has endured her infatuation for Elijah since childhood as long as possible. She is now forced to submit to marry someone else.
Elijah ran from Amilian as a child in play but now grown he wants nothing more than to wed her. He has formerly requested her hand and has been denied but that will not stop him, he will have her for his own.
Elijah and his twin Henry were wild in their youth and got caught one time and had to make a choice. A choice that lead them to serve the crown as spies, thus limiting his ability to pursue Amelia as he desired. Deep concern for her safety has kept him at a distance but circumstances have changed. She is to be wed and he knows that it can't possibly be of her own choice.
He makes it to the church in time to coax her through a window of the church just prior to the unwanted wedding. He must make haste to get her safely away and married to save her good name.
Wed to the man of her dreams but not sure why sets their marriage off estranged.
She holds a secret she is ashamed to admit to anyone and he also holds his secrets. Unknowingly they are creating a wall that society helps them build.
When her safety is at stake all hell breaks loose but nothing near as earth shattering as when they let the walls down and love takes over and lust explodes. Emotions are beautifully expressed as the secrets of love and life are exposed.
"I loved you when we first met, I Love You Now, I'll love you forever, and I"ll never stop saying it. I Love You, I Love You, I Love You." Ah. Romance!
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USA Today Bestselling Author of ten unusually unusual historical romances that have been known to include scarred heroes, feisty heroines, marriage-producing scandals, far too much scheming, naughty literature and always a sweet happily-ever-after. When not escaping to another world via reading or writing a book, she spends her time chasing two young boys around the house, being haunted by wild animals, or sitting on the swing in the backyard where she has to use her arms as shields to deflect projectiles AKA: balls, water balloons, sticks, pinecones, and anything else one of them picks up to hurl at his brother who just happens to be hiding behind her.
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