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When She Said I Do

When She Said I Do

The Worthingtons (Volume 1)

Celeste Bradley

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When She Said I Do

Celeste Bradley

Caught in a rainstorm, Miss Calliope Worthington takes shelter in a seemingly abandoned mansion. But when she finds a string of pearls in a dusty chest, she is caught red-handed by the house's reclusive owner—Mr. Ren Porter—a fiery demon of a man who demands that Callie pay for the necklace…with her innocence.

When he first lays eyes on the beautiful trespasser, Ren mistakes her for an angel. But when he realizes Callie is a thief, he strikes a bargain she cannot refuse. She must take his hand in marriage and pay him back in full: one night of passion for each stolen pearl. But when Callie surrenders to his desires—night after wicked night—he awakens something deep inside of her. Something powerful and passionate. Like a fairy tale come true, the monster she married has become the man she loves…when she said I do.

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Chapter 1


COTSWOLDS, ENGLAND, 1816
Well, isn't this simply lovely?
The icy river water rushed into the carriage, sweeping Miss Calliope Worthington from her seat and crashing her into the tilting ceiling...

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Praise for When She Said I Do

“Bradley doesn't disappoint with the second in her Runaway Brides trilogy, which is certain to have readers laughing and crying. Her characters leap off the page, especially little year-old Melody, the precocious ‘heroine,' and her three fathers. There's passion, adventure, nonstop action, and secrets that make the pages fly by.” —Romantic Times BOOKreviews on ROGUE IN MY ARMS

“When it comes to crafting fairy tale–like, wonderfully escapist historicals, Bradley is unrivaled, and the second addition to her Runaway Brides trilogy cleverly blends madcap adventure and sexy romance.” —Booklist on ROGUE IN MY ARMS

“From its unconventional prologue to its superb conclusion, every page of the first in Bradley's Runaway Brides series is perfection and joy. Tinged with humor that never overshadows the poignancy and peopled with remarkable characters (especially the precocious Melody) who will steal your heart, this one's a keeper.” —Romantic Times BOOKreviews on DEVIL IN MY BED

“Part romantic comedy, part romantic suspense, and wholly entertaining, Devil in My Bed is a delight!” —Romance Reviews Today on DEVIL IN MY BED

“Laughter, tears, drama, suspense, and a heartily deserved happily-ever-after.” —All About Romance on DEVIL IN MY BED

“Passionate and utterly memorable. Witty dialogue and fantastic imagery round out a novel that is a must have for any Celeste Bradley fan.” —Romance Junkies on DUKE MOST WANTED

“A marvelous, delightful, emotional conclusion to Bradley's trilogy. Readers have been eagerly waiting to see what happens next, and they've also been anticipating a nonstop, beautifully crafted story, which Bradley delivers in spades.” —Romantic Times BOOKreviews on DUKE MOST WANTED

“This spectacular, fast-paced, sexy romance will have you in laughter and tears. With delightful characters seeking love and a title, [this] heartfelt romance will make readers sigh with pleasure.” —Romantic Times BOOKreviews on THE DUKE NEXT DOOR

“Not only fun and sexy but relentlessly pulls at the heartstrings. Ms. Bradley has set the bar quite high with this one!” —Romance Readers Connection on THE DUKE NEXT DOOR

“A humorous romp of marriage mayhem that's a love-and-laughter treat, tinged with heated sensuality and tenderness. [A] winning combination.” —Romantic Times BOOKreviews on DESPERATELY SEEKING A DUKE

“A tale of lies and treachery where true love overcomes all.” —Romance Junkies on DESPERATELY SEEKING A DUKE

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About the author

Celeste Bradley

CELESTE BRADLEY is the New York Times bestselling author of the Runaway Brides, Heiress Brides, Liar's Club, and Royal Four series. Her novel Fallen was nominated for a RITA in 2002. "When you are overendowed with imagination and underendowed with punctuality, become a writer." Years of dreaming on the job paid off when Celeste Bradley quit the mainstream in 1999 and started writing historical romance. "Handsome heroes beat out cranky customers every time!" Bradley lives in New Mexico with her family, her desert garden and so many pets the house sometimes feels like an ark.

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