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A REGAL BEAUTY
When the duchess decides to wed her to a wastrel and a fop, Ravyn Grahm takes matters into her own hands and declares her engagement to another man. Instead of fessing up and tellingher great aunt what she has done, she goes through with the pretense. Aric Lakeland is the bastard son of an earl and has a dangerous reputation. But Ravyn is willing to do most anything to keep the duchess from discovering the lie.
A DEVIL-MAY-CARE SMUGGLER
He'd bought land in America, looking to put down roots and end his life of adventure, but Aric Lakeland got more than he bargained for when he encountered a beautiful heiress who made a promise she didn't want to keep. But the promise could not be undone and standing between them were more obstacles than either ever dreamed. Aric had made plans to spend the rest of his life in America and that was at odds with Ravyn's plan of living in England and running her father's estate. Now, he'll have to choose between his dreams and the woman he loves more than life.
"You heard me. And the story is too long to tell. We have to find a way out of this. Now."
Christel looked worried then relieved and then downright happy. "I don’t see one," she spoke softly. "A reason. I think you have made your bed and you must deal with the consequences."
"But we are going to Maryland," Ravyn wailed unhappily. "I cannot abide dirt, and spiders, and--and Indians."
"I do not see anything so terrible in that. You have only capture and enslavement by the Indians to worry over. I should think it would be quite an adventure."
"You take my place."
"I didn’t lie," Christel reminded her cousin primly, seeming to put most of the story together. "Amorica asked me to watch out for you too. She said Aric would help whenever he could, but I was supposed to keep you away from Richy. Can I presume something happened yesterday, and that is why this very transparent lie came about?"
Ravyn groaned and Aric nodded at Christel.
"You are very astute, Christel," Aric said smoothly.
"And smart," Christel added with a wink and a lopsided grin.
"Welcome. Welcome. We will start the proceedings in a few minutes. Ravyn, you must not stay here. There, be a good girl. Go with Christel and wait for the music to begin," the duchess said, still beaming as if her entire world had just come together exactly as she had planned.
The rest of the morning was spent in a haze of welcoming friends of the duchess. When the music began and Christel walked down the aisle followed by Ravyn, Aric inhaled deeply. So, this was it. This was how it felt to have a cage surround him--a cage that seemed to squeeze the very air from his lungs. He reminded himself he had ample opportunity to stop this. He told himself Ravyn could have cried foul. And Christel who had guessed most of what had transpired could have said yes when the minister asked if anyone objected.
But no one protested the marriage.
Ravyn stumbled over the words when asked until death do us part. Then she barely whispered the words "I do."
For his part, he had no problems. His concerns were in the future. He was going to the states with a new wife. A wife who, while she did not loathe or despise him, hated all he had ever longed for. The last place she wanted to be was in a strange new land. He sighed inwardly, wondering what hell he had brought upon himself.
Born in Medford, Oregon, novelist Christine Young has lived in Oregon all of her life. After graduating from Oregon State University with a BS in science, she spent another year at Southern Oregon State University working on her teaching certificate, and a few years later received her Master's degree in secondary education and counseling. Now the long, hot days of summer provide the perfect setting for creating romance. She sold her first book, Dakota's Bride, the summer of 1998 and her second book, My Angel to Kensington. Her teaching and writing careers have intertwined with raising three children. Christine's newest venture is the creation of Rogue Phoenix Press. Christine is the founder, editor and co-owner with her husband. They live in Salem, Oregon.
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