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MADELEINE’S CHRISTMAS WISH
By ELLA QUINN
The bachelors in Ella Quinn’s Marriage Game series make a habit of resisting the irresistible. But during the season for giving, surrendering to temptation may be the greatest gift of all…
A French spy, Georges, Marquis Cruzy-le-Châtel, has lived in England for years, sacrificing his life for his country—but not his heart. For he’s never been able to forget his childhood friend, Madeleine. And now, in her hour of need, he is there to rescue her…
The victim of a ruthless statesman, Madeleine, Comtesse du Beaune, has been abducted and sent to England to work in a brothel. Her greatest wish is to return home for Christmas, and her only hope of it is to marry Georges—though she will be his wife in name alone. Yet as they steal across the snowy countryside, Georges decides to woo her—with kisses that melt the winter’s frost and leave her longing for a holiday miracle…
Praise for The Temptation of Lady Serena
“This charming, sweet love story is the perfect addition to the Marriage Game series.” —RT Book Reviews
MADELEINE’S CHRISTMAS WISH
By ELLA QUINN
As soon as the door closed behind them, Madeleine placed her cup down. “We must speak.”
“Indeed.” He sauntered to the sideboard, poured two glasses of wine, and gave her one, placing the other on a small side table.
His eyes warmed, and her heart began to flutter. Then he dropped fluidly to one knee, and took her hand. “Madeleine, will you do me the great honor of being my wife.”
It was as if all the breath had been sucked from her body. “What! We . . . I cannot. You know I must first see to Maman and Genevieve.”
“And you shall.” He met Madeleine’s gaze, and she was unable to break his spell. “I will fetch them and bring them here.”
“No, I must go with you.” Just because his father left their estate did not mean she would do the same. Georges could escort her mother and sister to England, where they would be protected if another revolution started. She would remain in Beaune.
His lips thinned to a straight line, yet his tone was gentle, as if he was speaking to an idiot. “I will not allow you to put your life at risk.”
“You cannot stop me.” She raised her chin. Let him try. She had enough money to travel on her own if need be.
Georges was silent for several moments. “Very well. You may accompany me.”
She swallowed the sarcastic remark on her tongue. A victor does not rub the opponent’s nose in the dirt. “Thank you.”
“Under one condition.” His tone was unrelenting, and his face could have been carved from stone.
“We wed before we leave.”
“No!” Madeleine wanted to pummel him, but the blasted man was still on one knee. She tried to pull her hand away, yet he held it firmly. “You are mad.”
“Probably.” Georges grinned. “Still that is the only way I will take you with me.”
Why was he being so difficult? “I do not understand your reasoning.”
“Unless you plan on bringing your English maid, and we can find a chaperone, I can protect your reputation only if you are my wife.”
The thought of dragging Andrews through France did not sit well. Madeleine might be in danger and she would not involve the maid. When she had left Beaune, Jeanne, her mother’s lady’s maid, had come with her. She was middle-aged and the least likely to be molested. She also had enough sense to find her way home. “I see your point. I would like Andrews to continue to work for me, but I doubt she will wish to leave her home.” Madeleine took a breath. “I shall wed you before we leave as long as you meet my stipulation.”
Leave it to Madeleine to throw his words back at him. “Which is?”
“We will not consummate the marriage until my family is safe.”
Ella Quinn lived all over the United States, the Pacific, Canada, England and Europe before finally discovering the Caribbean. She lives on a sailboat St. Thomas, Virgin Islands with her wonderful husband of over thirty years, two bossy cats and a loveable Portuguese Water Dog. Ella loves when friends connect with her.
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