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By Anne Herries

Her hand in marriage traded in a online game of playing cards, blameless Lottie is totally out of her intensity engaged to a consummate bachelor Lord Rothsay. not just is a prolific womanizer, he is additionally a ruthless streak, leaving Lottie anxious approximately revealing that she is not the lady he'd agreed to marry!

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There was, she believed, a gleam in his eyes that had not been there when they arrived. Chapter Three Sir Bertie and the marquis went off together after tea, leaving Lottie and her father together in the parlour. ’ Sir Charles asked in a low voice. ’ ‘I believe we must be realistic. I am two and twenty and I have no fortune whatsoever. This may be my only chance to marry well. ’ ‘Your mother chose for herself,’ Sir Charles said heavily. ‘She made me promise that you and…’ ‘Papa,’ Lottie warned with a glance over her shoulder, ‘please say no more.

Because I need an heir. One woman is as good as another in the dark. Your father owes me and you chose to deceive me. ” Tears were stinging behind her eyes, but Lottie refused to let them fall. “Have it your own way, sir. You hold all the cards it seems but you may come to regret this…” She walked past him and this time he let her go. Bartered Bride Harlequin® Historical #303—March 2011 ANNE HERRIES Award-winning author Anne Herries lives in Cambridgeshire, England. She is fond of watching wildlife, and spoils the birds and squirrels that are frequent visitors to her garden.

Why would a man like Rothsay choose to take a bride as payment for a gambling debt? There must be any number of eligible young ladies who would be delighted to marry him—unless his rakish reputation had made him an outcast as far as the matchmaking mamas were concerned? Lottie’s thoughts were confused, churning round in her mind and becoming no clearer. Had the marquis been a little warmer at their first meeting, she thought she might have liked the idea of her marriage very well. Did she have a choice?

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