Wicked In His Arms (Wedded by Scandal Series) By Stacy Reid
Tobias Walcott, the Earl of Blade, has learned it is best to exercise rigid control over his passions and emotions in all that he does. Uncaring that it makes him seem cool and aloof to most in the ton, he is content with his desire to only woo agreeable and demur females. Then unforeseen circumstances see him trapped in a closet at a house party with the last woman he would ever make his countess.
Lady Olivia Sherwood is everything he should not desire in a female—unconventional, too decisive, and utterly without decorum. But passion ignites between them and they are discovered. Honor demands they wed, and while Tobias finds himself unwillingly drawn to the bewitching beauty, he must do everything not to tempt the passion that burns in him for her, lest it leads to disastrous consequences.
~ CHAPTER 1~
April 1818 Hertfordshire, England Riverhill Manor
The worst had passed. A wracking cough jerked Viscount Bathhurst’s frame from the bed, and Lady Olivia Henrietta Sherwood— Livvie to her friends and family—reached for a washcloth and dabbed the spittle from the corner of his lips. It brought tears to her eyes to see her stepfather like this, when up until only a few months ago, he had been hale and hearty. A fall from his horse, then an attack of the heart, had rendered him thin and frail.
“He met Tobias’s gaze with a grimace. “Livvie has her own opinions and isn’t afraid to voice them,” he murmured. Tobias reclined in his chair in a deliberately casual pose. “So I’ve discovered.”“And what will you do with your… discovery?”
“There is nothing to be done.” “Many men would say she is unruly, headstrong, and disobedient. In need of a firm guiding hand.” Was the man trying to persuade him to call off the rushed engagement? “Olivia is not a horse and I am not other men.” Speculation swirled in the Viscount’s eyes. “No, you are not. Then what would you say she is?”
“A bit reckless and high-spirited, a brilliant painter, intelligent, witty, and quite stubborn.”