Get it at Amazonfrom our B review: Noah Winters, the Duke of Anselm, hardly bats an aristocratic eyelash when his betrothed cries off to marry the more youthful heir to a viscount. Instead, he immediately turns his attention to his former betrothed’s companion, Lady Araminthea Collins. As he tells Thea when he proposes, he is not a nice man. However he is a pragmatic one and spending as much time with Thea as he did with her charge has given him insight to her character as well…and it prevents him from starting over in his search for a wife. Plus, Lady Thea is hardly in a position to say no. With a wastrel brother and her younger sister to launch, Thea needs money and respectability. So it surprises Noah that Thea wants a few days to think it over. Lady Araminthea Collins is an orphan who has had to make her way in the world as a companion since she was eighteen. She is shocked when the Duke of Anselm offers for her hand in marriage. While marriage to the wealthy duke would solve all of her problems, Thea has a secret she needs to share with him first. However, Noah presses her for an answer and she agrees thinking there will be time during their courtship to come clean. But things get beyond her control and they are married within a few days’ time. It is only as the marriage is in the beginning stages of being consummated that Noah discovers her secret. Thea is no longer a virgin. Noah feels betrayed and announces that there will be no more sexual relations until her courses have begun. Noah packs them up and heads for one of his nearby estates to wait out the month.
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