[BookStrand Historical Romance]
The moment their eyes clash across the crowded ballroom, Jayla is instantly attracted to the dark-haired man, but regretfully dismisses him after finding who he is—a womanizing rake. With three men trying to own her, she feels men are a plague on her life and only wishes for them to leave her alone. However, when she finds out her stepbrother has given the rogue permission to court her, she knows she will be fighting the deep attraction she feels towards him.
Even though sexually infatuated with the woman, Ashton is also bent on teaching her a lesson for embarrassing him. But the moment he takes her in his arms, he knows there is only one place for her, and that is in his bed. What he doesn’t expect is that he will have to marry her to get her there. When he tells her of his plan, he never suspects she will fight him. Can’t she see he is only doing the honorable thing by marrying her?
Note: This Mainstream contains infidelity and forced seduction.
A BookStrand Mainstream Romance
Jayla was indifferent to all the attention but somehow managed to keep the smile on her face as she answered question after question. She felt a tremor shake her small frame, and turning away, her eyes drifted over the room. Her breath caught in her throat as her glance clashed with another. Her equilibrium was shaken when she noticed the tall, dark-haired gentleman staring back at her with such intensity. She felt her blood stir and her heart start to beat rapidly.
“Gorgeous” could only describe the man with long, thick black hair, his face chiseled like a Greek god’s, so strong and breathtakingly beautiful, and now when he smiled at her, she felt her legs weaken and her stomach flutter.
The smile lit up his face, and she could not help but return his with her own. Without taking her eyes from his, she whispered softly to her cousin, and when Lena answered, the smile slowly left her face.
With profound regret, she turned away. Darn it, why did he have to be one of them? But even before her cousin told her who that man was, she somehow knew he would be a rake.
Anyone who looked like he did could not be anything else. Sighing heavily, she shook off her disappointment and once again turned her attention to the crowd of men vying for her attention.
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Slowly walking over to his friend, Mason saw the frown on Ashton’s face and wondered what could be bothering him. “Not having a good time, Ash?” he asked as he slapped his friend on the back.
Hearing the sound of his friend’s voice beside him, Ashton scowled without bothering to glance at Mason. He continued to watch the woman across the other side of the room. “Tell me, Mason, do you know who the lady over there in the golden gown is?” Impatiently, he waited for Mason to answer. The need to know everything about her was becoming, he found, nearly impossible to ignore.
Ah ha. Mason wasn’t at all surprised to hear his friend was interested in a beautiful woman. Hiding his smile, he searched the room, and it did not astonish him to see who caught Ashton’s interest. “Ah, that, my friend, is the lovely Lady Jayla McBride. She’s James Stratford’s stepsister.”
Ashton smiled and curiously raised a dark brow. “Stratford, you say? Well, that’s very interesting. I think I’ll go over and introduce myself to the lovely lady.” He slowly walked away from Mason. His steps were determined, his only goal to meet the compelling and stunning Lady Jayla. The beautiful lady interested him, not only because she was exquisite, but hearing Green and Burrows discuss her, he didn’t like what those two planned for her.
Quickly following and smiling, Mason shook his head, knowing that no matter how single-minded his friend was to know the lady, Ashton would not get very far with her. The lady might be friendly enough, and he liked her. However, he could tell that she was unwavering in her quest to keep every man at a distance.