By Penny Jordan
It has been six years because Jamie walked in on her lover, Jake Brierton, in mattress with one other woman--and walked correct again out that door and out of his existence. yet even supposing Jamie has spent years engaged on her winning adorning enterprise, she's by no means been capable of totally exorcise Jake from her brain. he's, in the end, her stepbrother.... while her stepdad turns into in poor health, Jamie is reunited with Jake on their manner domestic for Christmas. She is surprised while Jake proposes marriage--a marriage designed to make their kinfolk satisfied. but if the rite is over, and their honeymoon in a comfy Swiss chalet starts, Jamie wonders what sort of marriage she's destined to have with the guy who as soon as broke her heart...and may well simply do it back!
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And now tomorrow he was coming here with his new girlfriend. Did she have the strength to face him? Did she have any choice? If she left now Beth was bound to speculate, and she had after all nothing to fear. No one in the family knew of that brief month of ecstasy he had given her before the lies and deceit caught up with him. No, only she and Jake knew about those evenings in his flat when she had lain in his arms and felt his hands against her skin, when he had told he that he had been waiting for her to grow up waiting for her to see him as a man and no simply as a stepbrother.
She watched as he left the kitchen, her throat raw with suppressed tears. How dare he speak to her like that, accuse her? Dismiss the sheer cruelty of what he had done to her as though it were nothing? He knew why she had stayed away, why she could not endure to go back to the place where she had once been so deliriously happy, but he behaved as though she were acting on nothing more than a childish whim. Punish him? Nothing she could do could do that. Did he think she didn't know it? " Across the space that divided them his eyes warned her against contradicting his statement.
It's bath-time," Beth explained, glancing ruefully at her cousin's immaculate skirt and cashmere jumper. "I'm sorry to be such a poor hostess. " "What I want to do," Jamie told her firmly, 'is to help you give my goddaughter her bath. After all," she said more softly, touching her fingertips to the baby's soft skin, " I am her godmother; which reminds me. I've brought a small present for her from New York. " Firmly dismissing Jake from her mind Jamie CHAPTER TWO 'jamie, you're an angel," Beth said breathlessly, standing back to admire the bowl of flowers Jamie had just placed on the dining-room table.
A Reason For Marriage (Harlequin Presents, No 1041) by Penny Jordan