By Jude Deveraux
All of britain had fun on her marriage ceremony day. yet Judith vowed that her husband may get basically what he took from her!
on the flower-bedecked altar, the 1st contact in their fingers ignited an all-consuming ardour. Gavin Montgomery seemed deep into her golden eyes and burned with wish for her...but his center were pledged to a different.
Humiliated and on my own in an odd fort, Judith resolved to hate this husband who took her physique, yet rejected her love...never admitting her worry of wasting him.
yet future held one other destiny for Judith...a destiny that will maintain at last...The Velvet Promise.
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He had begged this woman to marry him and taken Judith, because of her wealth, as a second choice. She was a fool! She had been seeing their touches, their caresses as a spark of love, but it was not so. " Alice persisted. "How could I? " "But you could love her," Alice said flatly and turned her head to one side. When she looked back at him, there were tears in her eyes—great, lovely, shining tears. " Gavin was silent. Alice sighed heavily, then smiled through her tears. "I had hoped we could meet here.
Didn't I tell you of the times he locked me away without food or water? What was I to do? I met you when I could. I gave you all I had to give a man, yet this is how I am repaid. " "Why do you talk of my loving another? " His annoyance remained unabated. "I married because the offer was good. " "But when you saw her—" Alice said quickly. "I am a man and she is beautiful. " Judith meant to leave the garden. Even when she saw her husband with the blonde woman, Judith meant to leave, but it was as if her body turned to stone and she could not move.
If I had learned this at your age, my life would have been different. I believed myself to be in love with your father. I even told him so. He laughed at me. " "But men do love women—" Judith began. She could not believe what her mother said. "They love women, but only the one whose bed they occupy—and when they tire of her, they love another. There is only one time when a wife has any control over her husband, and that is when she is new to him and the bed magic is upon him. " Judith stood, her back to her mother.
The Velvet Promise by Jude Deveraux