By Penny Jordan
It has been six years in view that Jamie walked in on her lover, Jake Brierton, in mattress with one other woman--and walked correct again out that door and out of his existence. yet even if Jamie has spent years engaged on her profitable adorning company, she's by no means been in a position to absolutely exorcise Jake from her brain. he's, finally, her stepbrother.... whilst her stepdad turns into unwell, Jamie is reunited with Jake on their manner domestic for Christmas. She is surprised while Jake proposes marriage--a marriage designed to make their relations satisfied. but if the rite is over, and their honeymoon in a comfy Swiss chalet starts, Jamie wonders what sort of marriage she's destined to have with the guy who as soon as broke her heart...and may perhaps simply do it back!
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After a few seconds' solemn inspection the little girl deigned to smile. "It's bath-time," Beth explained, glancing ruefully at her cousin's immaculate skirt and cashmere jumper. "I'm sorry to be such a poor hostess. " "What I want to do," Jamie told her firmly, 'is to help you give my goddaughter her bath. After all," she said more softly, touching her fingertips to the baby's soft skin, " I am her godmother; which reminds me. I've brought a small present for her from New York. " Firmly dismissing Jake from her mind Jamie CHAPTER TWO 'jamie, you're an angel," Beth said breathlessly, standing back to admire the bowl of flowers Jamie had just placed on the dining-room table.
I like Jake, but he's very formidable, isn't he? Sometimes I feel as though he doesn't even know I'm there. " Jamie said bracingly. She felt as though she had strayed into some macabre form of sick joke. Why on earth had Mandy chosen her to confide in? She looked into the younger girl's face and saw that she still looked uncertain. "Jake wants to get married, he wants a son, a grandchild for his father, I think, and... " Oh yes, he was that all right, Jamie acknowledged to herself. Jake could be bitterly determined and stubborn when someone opposed him, and she could see how easily this young and rather diffident girl could be overwhelmed by him, especially if the marriage was something her parents approved of as well.
For once in your life stop being so damned selfish and put someone else first," Jake demanded harshly. " Blankly she looked into his face. His mouth was hard and compressed, his eyes shadowed. His hair, thick and densely black, looked as though it needed cutting. He looked tired, she recognised, momentarily stepping outside the magnetism that always held her so much in thrall and seeing him simply as another vulnerable human being. He had released her now and impulsively she wanted to reach out and touch him, to smooth away the frown creasing his fore head, and then bitterness overtook compassion.