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Carole Mortimer - Ice in His Veins

Carole Mortimer - Ice in His Veins

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ICEINHISVEINSCAROLEMORTIMER CHAPTERONEEdenknewtherewassomethingwrongassoonasshejoinedhermotherandstepfatherfordrinksbeforedinner,knewitbythetightnessabouthermother’spaintedmouthandthewayherstepfatherkepttryingtosootheherdown.PoorDrew,hedidn’thaveaneasytimeofitwithhisfierywife.SheacceptedtheMartiniheheldouttoher,smilinghergratitudeasshewaitedfortheexplanationfohermother’supset.Somethingwasdefinitelywrongwithher;Edenhadneverseenhersoupset.‘Wherewereyouallafternoon?’hermotherdemandedtoknow.‘IwasatCheryl’splayingrecords,’shereplieddazedly.‘Why?’‘Becauseyouhadavisitor,that’swhy.‘Anyoneinteresting?’Shesippedherdrink.‘Anyoneinteresting!’Angelarepeatedshrilly.‘Ofcourseitwassomeoneinteresting,orIwouldn’tbeinthisstate.Edenfrownedathermother’sagitation.‘Whowasit?’‘JasonEarle!‘JasonEarle?ButIdon’tknowanyJasonEarle.‘Thenewspaperman,’Drewputinbeforehiswifeexploded.‘ThatJasonEarle!’shewhistledthroughherteeth.Tosayhewasanewspapermanwasanunderstatement.Hewasoneofthemostpowerfulmenintheworld,controllingavastsectionofthemedia.‘Andyousayhecameheretoseeme?’‘Yes!Andhelookeddownhishaughtynoseatmewithhissteelygreyeyes,rippingmetopiecesataglance.’TheicerattledintheglasswhereAngela’shandtrembledwithanger,‘Hewassodamnedarrogant!’‘Calmdown,Angela,’Drewadvised.‘There’snopointinworkingyourselfupaboutthis.’‘Nopoint—‘Whyonearthshouldhewanttoseeme?’Edeninterruptedhermother’stirade.‘Idon’tknowtheman.’‘Wehaven’tseenanyofthemsinceEdenwastwoyearsold,andnowDavidMortonhasdecided—
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Edenlookedstartled.‘WhatdoesmygrandfatherhavetodowithJasonEarlebeinghere?’‘Everything!’Angelapacedtheroominheragitation.‘Aftereighteenyearshe’sdecidedhewouldliketoseeyouagain,andhe’ssentthatmanoverheretotryandtalkyouintoit.Hesayshe’safriendof David’s,butI’msurehe’sbeengoingoutwithIsobelthelastfewyears.Isobel,Edenknew,washerfather’ssecondwife.Sheknewthehistoryofherparents’brokenmarriage,knewthatGrahamMortonhadbeenengagedtoIsobelDeanuntilhehadmetandfellinlovewithhemother,andthatwithinafewweeksofmeeting,herparentshadmarriedeachother,muchtothedisgustofGraham’sfather,DavidMorton.DavidMortonhaddoneeverythinginhispowertobreakupthemarriage,wantinghissontomarrythedaughterofhisoldfriendRussellDean.HehadunderminedAngelaateveryturn,ridiculedheruntilshecouldtakenomoreandhadissuedherhusbandwithanultimatum—hisfatherorher.Hehadchosenhisfather,andhadmarriedhisformerfianeafterhisdivorce.Edenhadbeentwoyearsoldatthetimeofthebreak-up,andonlythreewhenhermotherhadmarriedDrew.Consequentlyshehadalwaysconsideredhimtobeherfather,andhisfamilyherown.Itseemedincredibletoherthatherrealfather’sfamilyshouldsuddenlytakeaninterestinherafterallthistime,thathergrandfathershouldwanttoactuallyseeher.‘Perhapshehas,’Drewacknowledged.‘Buthe’shereforDavidMorton,notIsobel.’‘Oh,Iknowthat,’Angelascorned.‘IsobelandIneverhadanytimeforeachother.Shealwaysmadeitclearthatshewouldtakemyhusbandfrommethefirstchanceshehad.‘That’spasthistorynow,’Drewsaidquietly.‘It’shereandnowwehavetoconcernourselveswith.He’ssentthisJasonEarletoseeusbecausehewouldliketomeethisgranddaughter.‘Thenheshouldhavecomehimself,itwouldhavemademoresensethantosendastranger,’hiswifesnapped.‘He’sanoldman,Angela,wellintohisseventies.‘Hewouldneverhavecomehimselfnomatterwhathisage,’shesaiddisgustedly.‘HewantedtogetridofmesothatGrahamcouldmarryIsobel,andhehadnointerestinusoncehe’dmanagedtogetEdenandmyselfoutofhislife.Ofcourse,hehadnowayofknowingthatGrahamandIsobelwouldn’tgivehimanymoregrandchildren,’sheaddedwithsatisfaction.‘ThatEdenwouldbetheonlytruerelativehehassinceGrahamdied.ButIwon’tallowEdentogo,Drew.Iwon’tallowit!’Edenfrowned.‘Won’tallowmetogowhere?‘ToEngland,ofcourse,’hermothersnappedirritably.‘Haven’tyoubeenlisteningtoanythingI’vesaid?’‘Well,yes,but—Suzy,themaid,cameinatthatmoment.‘MrEarleishere,MrsShaw,’sheinformedheremployer.‘Well,showhimin,’Angelasaidabruptly,waitinguntilthegirlhadlefttheroombeforespeakingagain.
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‘Nowyou,Drew,’shehurriedlystraightenedhistie,‘youarenottolethimdauntyou.Hegaveashortlaugh.‘Ihavenointentionoflettinghim—‘Youhaven’tmethim,’hiswifeinterrupted,standingbacktosurveyhimcritically.SheturnedheattentiontoEden.‘Anddon’tlethimforceyouintoagreeingtoanything.Wehavetotalkthisoverasafamily.’Edenwascurioustomeetthismanwhohadputhermotherintosuchafluster.Itwasn’teasilydone,sohemustbequitesomething.‘MrEarle,’Suzygaveashysmilebeforedisappearing.Eden’sfirstimpressionwasofatalllitheman,thefocalpointbeingapairofsteelygreyeyesthatflickeredoverthemallwithcooldisdain.Hewasn’tmerelyhandsome,thatwastooweakadescription,hewasstriking,breathtakinglyattractive.Edenwasstruckdumbbythevitality,themagnetismheemitted.Hewaslikenooneshehadeverseenbefore,hadeverexpectedtomeet,theblackdinnersuittailoredontohispowerfulframe,hislinenimmaculate.Inhismid-thirties,sheguessed,withamuscularphysiquethatshowednosignsofexcessflesh,alookofcynicismtohiseyes,ahardnesstohismouththatshouldhavedetractedfromhisattractivenessbutonlyseemedtomakehimmoreso,anddarkhairwornover-longbutstyled.Shewasnolongersurprisedbyhermother’santagonism;afterDrew’seasygoingnaturethisforcefulmanmustbesomethingofashocktoher.ShecouldseeDrewwasslightlyoverwhelmedbytheotheman,despitehisassertionthathewouldn’tbe.Thankgoodnessshewaslookingherbest,intendingtogotoadiscolaterwithTim.Sheknewtheblackvelvetcat-suitsuitedherslendercurves,thatitmadehehairevenmoregoldenthanusual,madetheshortcaplooklikespungoldasitframedhersmoothcheeks,givingdepthtohergoldeneyesandcolourtohercreamyskin.ThemansheknewasJasonEarleshookhandswithherstepfather,butforallthenoticehetookofheshemightaswellnothavebeenintheroom.Hewastalkingtohermothernow.‘Iexpectedyourdaughtertobehere,’hesaidcurtly.Hermothergasped.‘Eden—‘Yes—Eden,’hesaidhernameasifhehaddifficultyingettingitoffhistongue.‘Iexpectedthechildto behere.’Child!AttwentythatwassomethingEdendidn’tconsiderherselftobe.Shesteppedforwardintothelight,thesmilefreezingonherlipsasthoseicygreyeyessweptoverherwithbarelyconcealedinsolence.Thisman,mightbedevastatinglyattractive,buthismannersleftalottobedesired.Shetookadeepbreath,meetingthatcriticalgazeunflinchingly.
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amEden,’shetoldhiminaslightlyhuskyvoice,herAmericanaccentonlyslightasithadneverbeenencouragedbyhermother.Helookedmomentarilytakenabackbeforethecoldmaskwasbackinplace.‘YouareDavidMorton’sgranddaughter?’
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