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Helen Brooks - The Billionaire's Marriage Mission

Helen Brooks - The Billionaire's Marriage Mission

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TheBillionaire’sMarriageMissionHelenBrooks
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Billionairesalwaysgetwhattheywant!TravisBlackmightbedarkly,broodinglyhandsome,butasfarasBethisconcernedhe'salsoveryinfuriating!Whatwouldarich,successfulandcharmingmanlikehimwantwithaquiet,vulnerableandoh-so-ordinarywomanlikeher?Travissoonmakesthatabundantlyclear.However,Bethisn'tintocasualaffairs--sothisisonebillionairewhowon'tgetwhathewants.Orwillhe?CHAPTERONEAsthedoorclickedgentlyshutbehindherthequietsoundregisteredwithalltheforceofathunderclaponBethMarton'sears.Forasecondshefroze,unbelieving;thensheturned,gingerlypushingagainsttheunyieldingwood.Ofcourseitdidn'tbudge—butthenitwouldn'twiththelatchhavingsprungshut.'Oh,no,no.'Bethpushedagain,harderthistime,evenasshetoldherselfitwaspointless.Shewaslockedout.IfshehadbeenstandingoutsideherflatinLondonthatwouldn'thavemattered.Therewereatleastacoupleofneighboursalwaysaroundthatshecouldhavecalledonintheblockinwhichtheflatwassituated,andoneofthemcouldhavetelephonedhersisterwhohadasparekeyforemergencies.ButthiswasnotLondon...Sheglancedsomewhatwildlyabouther,vitallyawareshewascladinnothingbutbubblegum-pinksilk  pyjamaswithspaghettishoulderstraps.Thedarkwindynightwasnotencouraging.Andrainwasforecast.Whenacoldnosenudgedonehandsheglanceddownatthebigdogwhowassurveyingherwithimpatienteyes.'Iknow,Iknow,'shemuttered.'We'reouthereandyourdinner'sinthere,butitwasyouwhoinsistedyouneededthelooaminuteago.'AnditwasherwhohadfollowedHarveyoutsidewiththetorchsoshecouldmakesurehedidn'tdisappearintotheblackness.Whichwasdoublydaftinhindsight,consideringheknewitwasdinner time—Harvey'sfavouritemomentoftheday—andalsothattherewasnowherehecouldreallygo.Thegardensurroundingthelittlecottageshewasrentingwasallneatlyfenced.Agustofwindbroughtthesmellofsmokeontheair,remindingBethshehadlitthefireinthesittingroomafewminutesbefore.Andtheguardwasn'tinfrontofitbutstandingtoonesideoftheslatehearth.Panickingnow,shescurriedroundtheoutsideofthecottagetoseeifanyofthewindowsjustmightbeonthelatch,althoughshedoubtedit.Whenshehadarrivedattheplacehalfanhourago,travelwearyafterajourneyshewouldn'thavewishedonherworstenemybuthugelyrelievedtohavefoundtheisolatedbuildinginthedark,everythinghadappearedshutteredandclosed.Afterretrievingthefrontdoorkeywhichhadbeenhiddenunderaplantpotastheagenthadtoldher,shehadluggedallherstufinside,onlystoppingtobungperishablefoodintothelittlefridgebeforeshehadstrippedoffforawonderfullywelcomeshower.Oncethestickinessofthetortuousjourney—whichhadconsistedoftrafficjamaftertrafficjam-—had beenremovedshehadn'tbeenabletofacethethoughtofdressingagain,andsohadpulledonhe pyjamasbeforeopeningabottleofwineandlightingthefire.Harvey'senormousbasketestablishedinahandycorner,andatinofhisfavouritefoodopeninthetinycottagekitchen,she'dbeenabouttofeed
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