Imprisoned by a Vow
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Being sold into marriage by her stepfather is Leila's one chance to escape. But instead of freedom, Leila finds herself bound by deep passions ignited by her inscrutable new husband.
Australian billionaire Joss Carmody knows the rules of this game—he'll shower his new wife with diamonds and in return he'll use her land to expand his business. That's all he ever wanted from this exchange, but he hadn't banked on the attraction Leila awakens.
Then the one night that was supposed to slake their desire, binds them beyond the signatures on their marriage contract….
breath she took and shimmering invitingly over the unfettered curves of her breasts. Heat roared in his belly as he prowled across the room to stand before her. Her eyes widened but she didn’t budge. He liked the fact she stood up to him. Or perhaps she had no notion what was on his mind. He wanted to touch her, possess what after all was his, bought in marriage. The appealing, insidious thought set warning lights blazing in his head. ‘That’s better,’ he murmured, despising
women who’d angled for permanency in his life. It was ironic that the bride he’d tied himself to viewed him as a necessary burden. ‘What are you laughing at?’ Her voice was suspicious. ‘Nothing. But I don’t understand why you haven’t been shopping. You’ve got all London at your disposal.’ ‘I told you.’ This time her voice was low, as if the words were drawn out unwillingly. ‘I don’t have any money.’ ‘That’s impossible!’ Joss paused, waiting for her to contradict him. She said
Not ten. A precise nine. He peered over her shoulder and realised she was staring at her watch. Timing herself? Her hands were white-knuckled. His heart kicked hard against his ribs. Joss reached out and brushed his hand down the dark glory of her hair. It was soft and sun-warmed but beneath it she shivered. Hell! He’d been right. A turbulent roil of anger and anxiety filled his belly. ‘Come on. Let’s get you inside.’ He closed in on her, bending to lift her into his arms.
have to find her in gardening clothes? She’d wanted, if she ever saw him again, to look cool and sophisticated, calmly unimpressed by his presence. Yet heat rose in her cheeks at his scrutiny and her breath came in uneven little pants. Valiantly she strove to calm herself. He’d be gone soon. He wouldn’t linger. ‘You’re looking well.’ She opened her mouth to respond then closed her lips. She refused to bandy polite greetings. Though now she looked more closely he appeared tired, the
experiences.’ ‘Joss Carmody, for an intelligent man, sometimes you can be totally stupid!’ He nodded and tugged her closer so she leaned forwards in her seat. ‘I know. I’ve been a fool in all sorts of ways. Worse, I’ve been a coward. I wanted your love but I was too scared I’d get hurt.’ Leila’s heart jumped and her airways jammed at the expression in his eyes. A flicker of excitement stirred. ‘What are you saying, Joss?’ ‘I...fell in love with you, Leila.’ His hands