By Barbara Metzger

Aurora's fiance used to be rushing, well-bred--and already married! thankfully, the scoundrel's brother-in-law was firm to save lots of Aurora from disgrace--even if he needed to marry her himself...

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No, I I am afraid I become ill under severe distress. I've always had an uncertain digestion, which is why I rarely drink more than a sip of wine. " He raced for the wash basin, just in time. " When Aurora awakened, the fire was still burning and her husband was still there. He was sprawled in a chair dragged near her bed, his bare feet resting on the covers inches from her nose. " he asked, instantly alert at her first movement. "Oh, much better. " He held out a glass. "Just water. Would you like me to call for a maid?

Uncle Ptolemy kept fumbling in his fob pocket, checking the time. No, he was checking the toad. What a fine match his lordship was making! Chapter Two � ^ « The bride was haggard in crumpled satin. The groom was heroically handsome in his buckskin breeches. Windham's auburn hair was freshly combed, and he had found time to get his boots shined. Still, he smelled of horse, which somehow made Aurora feel better. The earl was a mere man, not a visiting deity. Instead of her wedding bouquet, which had been trampled in the earlier debacle and kept too long out of water at any rate, Aurora clasped a paper sack of peppermint drops.

Windham chose not to notice that his bride was about to fall off the bed altogether in her efforts to put as much distance between them as possible. He busied himself filling the glasses. " "Ah, but that was wine. This is champagne, specially chilled. " He brought the glass to her mouth, and the bubbles brushed her lips. "No, I never" "Nonsense. It is your wedding night. " He tipped the glass so she was forced to swallow, then he reached inside his robe and pulled out his quizzing glass on a ribbon around his neck.

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