By Melody Thomas
An obsession that blooms into scandal
Since early life, Ryan Donally cherished Rachel Bailey, although the bright, appealing lass observed him as simply one other rowdy boy. The years pulled them aside, wearing Rachel to a spot of accountability and recognize few ladies of her time loved . . . whereas Ryan ascended to undreamed-of heights of wealth and luck, and certain his center to another.
Now destiny has introduced them jointly as soon as again—and Rachel sees no longer the boy she as soon as spurned, yet a wide ranging guy she wants. but Ryan has moved on and is unwilling to forgive, and Rachel hides a mystery disgrace which could break every thing she has labored for. Then, in a single second of unrestrained ardour, the partitions among them tumble, and the associated fee they have to pay is a wedding neither can come up with the money for. yet will a sensuous hearth too-long resisted carry tragedy . . . or will it forge a wonderful and timeless love?
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Johnny slanted her a glance. ” She was in no mood for lectures on professional protocol or anything remotely associated with the fact that she was a woman in a man’s business. She’d spent years of her life in the ﬁeld and auditing classes to complete the nec- A MATCH MADE IN SCANDAL 23 essary mathematics, physics, and engineering requirements it took to become an engineer, and much more to understand the internal machinations of the company she’d inherited from her father. Rachel only knew that she’d staked her reputation and her ﬁnancial survival on this entire venture.
Ryan pushed off the tree to take the message she delivered, then squinted looking toward the house. His solicitor stood on the terrace. ” She dipped into a brief curtsy. For once, Ryan was relieved to forsake pleasure for business. Flashes of blue appeared above the sprawl of tree limbs as a puff of wind carried the overhead cloud bank south. Rachel watched a pair of robins dart between banks of honeysuckle that seemed to be growing everywhere. Earlier a servant had approached and given Ryan a message.
His gaze ranged across this secluded world he owned. A river meandered peacefully through the parkland surrounding his estate. Two hundred acres of parkland surrounded his Georgian manor house. Another ten thousand acres spilled out over sheep and cow pastures. He owned three houses in England, including the one he’d just purchased in Bristol. He came home to this one because this was where he found his peace. Apart from contracts and business. Eight years ago, he took over the board of directors at D&B.
A Match Made in Scandal by Melody Thomas