A Reason For Marriage (Harlequin Presents, No 1041) by Penny Jordan

By Penny Jordan

It has been six years on the grounds that 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 if 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 spite of everything, her stepbrother.... whilst her stepdad turns into unwell, Jamie is reunited with Jake on their manner domestic for Christmas. She is surprised whilst Jake proposes marriage--a marriage designed to make their relations satisfied. but if the rite is over, and their honeymoon in a comfortable 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 simply do it back!

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Too innocent, and far, far too vulnerable, Jake," she said as coldly as she could. "But then I'm sure you don't need me to tell you any of that. What does worry me a little is that she's also intelligent. " The insult was laconic, without heat or emotion. " The question was careless and uncaring, flicking her on the raw as it underlined the solitariness of her life. "That's the way I prefer it," she told him coldly. "Still the ambitious career-woman. I thought it might have palled by now. " "Why should you?

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.

In New York she had had enough free time t( do some shopping. With this visit in mind sh< had bought a sweater for Beth and a beautifully dressed rag-doll for her goddaughter. She unpacked automatically, her movement; deft with experience. In her case was the new Calvin Klein she had bought in New York. Sh( had packed it on impulse, a handful of dark lavender silk jersey that looked nothing on the hanged: but which moulded her body and picked out th unusual colour of her eyes. It was a sophisticatec dress that only just fell short of meriting the description 'sexy'.

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