…She had seen something that would continue to haunt her and follow her wherever she went.
When she had married the Earl of Malloy, Prue had hoped to be able to hide under his name and at his out of town estate.
What she had not thought was to become his son’s MISTRESS OF PURITY.
Gareth had sworn never to return to his father’s estate, not to the life he had once thought to have there.
He had hoped that the man he had grown in to was no longer hoping to find the love of a woman he knew could not possibly exist.
What Gareth had not wanted was to find his comfort in the arms of his father’s young wife…a woman he knew was hiding far more than just one secret from him.
Targeted Age Group:: 18+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
The story is loosely based on how I met my husband and the emotional trauma we were both forced to live through before finally life enabled us to finally be together.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
Prue was a wonderful character to create. She struggles to be so strong and brave throughout everything she has to endure to find the man who is thought to have murdered her father; but really she is very vulnerable, especially when it comes to Gareth. It’s what you would expect from someone barely older then a teenager suddenly being thrown into a very adult world.
I admire Gareth for wanting to be a better man than his father, something he emphasizes quite a lot in the book. He also becomes quite protective of Prue , despite not wanting to surrender his heart to her. He is very different to Prue, having grown up in a very hostile environment. It’s because of this that he is very apprehensive in letting anyone close to him emotionally.
“Prue, I’m Jack Malloy’s only known child and heir, there was no other who could inherit the Malloy estate. I’m curious though to know why you told me all the earl’s possessions were left to me, Prue. You were his wife, madam; you shared his bed even if it were for such a short time, what was it he left to you?”
Prue quickly darted her eyes down to where her fingers were again fidgeting with the rings on her fingers.
“Your father only asked that I be allowed to stay living here so I might remain safe from any who might wish me harm.”
Gareth was still . “I still don’t understand, Prue. Why should my father insist in his will that I take you under my charge at this estate instead of at my own?”
Prue slowly raised her eyes up. “Your father’s will is several months old, Gareth. He wished for me to stay living here because he knew of the dangers that would fall on the estate and all who lived here should I leave. The earl just thought he was doing what was best for both the estate and me.”
Gareth quickly approached Prue, his annoyance obvious at her continued avoidance to answer his question. Stopping in front of her, he gripped the top of her arms painfully with his palms.
“Damn it, Prue. Will you just tell me what was written in my father’s will? What exactly is it he has left to me?”
Taking on a confident stance, Prue made sure her stare didn’t falter from Gareth’s intimidating one.
“You’ve been left the Malloy estate house and all its surrounding properties with the aggreeance the current servants remain in your employ. You have the small amount of money from your father’s accounts, and…”
“And what, Prue?” he asked impatiently, his hands shaking her softly when her words drifted off.
Prue let out a short shaky breath, her eyes never faltering from his.
“And you’ve been left me, Gareth.”
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