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

By Penny Jordan

It has been six years given 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 lifestyles. yet although Jamie has spent years engaged on her winning adorning company, she's by no means been in a position to totally exorcise Jake from her brain. he's, in the end, her stepbrother.... while her stepdad turns into unwell, Jamie is reunited with Jake on their method domestic for Christmas. She is surprised whilst Jake proposes marriage--a marriage designed to make their kin 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 well simply do it back!

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He was like a force field, she thought achingias she willed herself to meet the cool cynicism of his eyes; drawing all the energy and resistance out of her. The last time she had seen him had been at Sarah's christening, but then she made only a lightning appearance, leaving before the party afterwards with the excuse that she was due to fly to the States. Then she had had weeks to prepare herself, weeks to teach her senses to register his presence and then ignore it. All at once she felt terribly hot and shaky.

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'.

She felt as though she had strayed into some macabre form of sick joke. Why on earth had Mandy chosen her to confide in? She looked into the younger girl's face and saw that she still looked uncertain. "Jake wants to get married, he wants a son, a grandchild for his father, I think, and... " Oh yes, he was that all right, Jamie acknowledged to herself. Jake could be bitterly determined and stubborn when someone opposed him, and she could see how easily this young and rather diffident girl could be overwhelmed by him, especially if the marriage was something her parents approved of as well.

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