The first guide in the Virgin Brides, Arrogant Husbands series, 2008
THE Greek billionaire Lysander Metaxis strode to the salon that is luxurious of fabulous yacht, where his individual staff awaited him. It had been half previous seven each day. Conscious that their hugely wealthy and powerful boss frequently began just work at six and seldom slept significantly more than five hours, individuals were striving to look wide awake.
Their PA that is senior, introduced him by having a folder. ‘I hope you’ll be pleased, sir. ’
Their slim, dark, handsome face intent, Lysander withdrew the photographs of Madrigal Court. Dense woodland on all relative edges screened the Elizabethan manor home from inquisitive eyes, not through the atmosphere. His only acquaintance that is previous the ancient building had been through his mother’s youth picture albums. The superb concept of the aerial shots revealed the substantial deterioration that had occurred in current years.
Their metallic-bronze look expanded steadily harder and colder, because of it had been clear that the building that is listed in severe need of fix. The roof was at in pretty bad shape, the brickwork needed attention and there is a dubious bulge in a gable wall surface. Yet, Gladys Stewart meaningful link had over over over and over repeatedly refused to sell the house to their father that is late. Nevertheless, the old woman ended up being dying now and he could just assume that her demise would finally result in the purchase of the home feasible.
Madrigal Court had belonged to his mother’s family members for over four 100 years before monetary adversity had forced its purchase. As time passes the reacquisition of Madrigal Court had turn into a matter of Metaxis household honour. And family members honour had been a concern that Lysander, who was simply Greek to their backbone, held in extremely high respect. Their ruthlessness had been famous and then he ended up being a dangerous guy to get a get a get a cross. But also though he had been one of many wealthiest guys on earth, he previously never ever forgotten their modest beginnings or perhaps the cruel neglect he had endured before fortune had smiled on him and provided him Virginia and Aristide Metaxis as adoptive moms and dads.
The acknowledgement of the inestimable financial obligation spawned dark brooding thoughts, which cast troubling shadows across Lysander’s usual coolness that is emotional. Current developments had made buying back Virginia’s ancestral house a burning objective, in the place of an aspiration become accomplished at some unspecified future date. Whatever it took he’d to back get the house and quickly. Most of a unexpected time ended up being associated with the essence, he conceded bleakly.
A brunette that is stunning clad in a clear place that concealed nothing of her astonishing figure, strolled in. Her caressing fingertips inscribed a pattern that is provocative the rear of their hand. ‘Come back into bed, ’ she whispered invitingly.
Almost imperceptibly, Lysander stiffened. ‘I’m busy, ’ he drawled without phrase.
Their staff exchanged glances that are significant. No girl ever held attention that is lysander’s longer than a couple weeks. Their present enthusiast may well not understand it yet, but she had been history.
‘Dmitri…’ Lysander lifted his well-shaped head that is dark authorised polythene tunnels become set up inside the walled garden? ’
The PA stepped forward and frowned down at the picture in frank bewilderment. ‘Er…isn’t that element of Madrigal Court’s grounds, sir? I’m afraid We have actually no basic concept. ’
Lysander dealt Dmitri a fulminating assessment and told him to obtain the Metaxis appropriate group regarding the phone for a seminar call. For his UK attorneys, it became a day’s unalloyed misery and grovelling apology. The rolling of minds ended up being threatened, sacrifices had been made. They promised instant action, nevertheless the Greek tycoon commanded them to accomplish absolutely absolutely absolutely nothing for the current. As he desired action, he’d pick the timing.
‘THE Metaxis family members are awaiting us to perish. ’ Feverish hatred burned in Gladys Stewart’s embittered look. ‘Vultures-that’s what they are! ’
‘Well, whoever they truly are they’ll have to wait a longer that is little’ the nurse informed the older girl joyfully while she examined her blood pressure. ‘You have actually great vitality. ’
‘You’ve got no company interrupting a personal discussion! ’ her client hissed in a tone of pure vitriol, her hands that are thin in the bedclothes. ‘I happened to be addressing my granddaughter. Ophelia…where are you currently? Ophelia? ’
A woman that is young uncommon pale blue eyes ended up being involved in turning up discarded bed linens. Directing a glance that is apologetic the region nursing assistant, she relocated ahead. Small in stature, she wore a free sweater and trousers that just hinted at her hourglass figure. Hair the color of ripe wheat had been tied up with an item of gardening twine. But nothing could conceal her beauty.
‘I’m right right here, ’ she told her grandmother.
As she learned her Gladys Stewart’s mouth that is narrow with furious resentment. ‘If you made more work, you’d experienced a spouse years back! ’ she condemned bitterly. ‘Your mother ended up being a fool that is complete at minimum she knew steps to make the absolute most of her looks! ’
Ophelia, who was simply solitary by option and inclination, thought wryly of her parent’s that are late event using the mirror and nearly shuddered. She liked comfortable clothing and air that is fresh. ‘Unfortunately it didn’t do her much good. ’
‘I always swore I’d make the Metaxis family pay and I also have actually and-listen to me-I’m perhaps not completed yet! ’ The hand that is claw-like shut in an unpleasant hold round Ophelia’s slender wrist forced the more youthful girl to lean down. ‘You might just have Lysander Metaxis himself knocking with this home! ’
Ophelia ended up being noticeably unimpressed by the forecast that is highly unlikely a womanising billionaire, notorious to carry the same as a harem up to speed their giant pleasure-yacht, would ever seek her away. ‘I actually don’t think therefore. ’
‘All you may need is this home, ’ Gladys hissed with wheezing satisfaction inside her ear that is granddaughter’s I vow you-it’ll make your every hope and fantasy come true. ’
The fierce conviction of this last startling statement pinned Ophelia’s attention squarely on her behalf grandmother. The confusion within the younger woman’s eyes ended up being changed by a look that is burgeoning of. ‘Are you talking about… Molly? ’ she whispered unevenly.
Well conscious that Ophelia had been now hanging on her behalf every expressed word, Gladys switched her mind away, triumph etched in almost every type of her bony face. ‘That’s for me personally to understand and you also to wonder. But by me personally and play your cards appropriate, you won’t be disappointed. Should you your duty’
‘Finding away where my cousin is would be everything I’ve ever dreamt of, ’ Ophelia admitted steadily. ‘It will mean the entire world if you ask me. ’
A laugh that is harsh the girl within the sleep. ‘You constantly had been an emotional idiot! ’
A knock that is quiet the doorway heralded the arrival of this vicar. ‘Try and obtain some sleep whilst you’ve got the possibility, ’ the nurse urged Ophelia in a undertone.
Ophelia nodded, bundled within the bedding and provided the vicar a smile that is welcoming. He had been a sort guy, whom made regular visits and came across her grandmother’s barrage of caustic complaints with forbearance.
‘You’re wasting some time, ’ Gladys told the reverend sourly. ‘I’m maybe maybe not making anything to that particular church of yours! ’
Ophelia marvelled that her grandmother could nevertheless talk as she was up to her ears in debt though she were rich when, in fact. Needless to say Gladys Stewart would admit that embarrassing never truth; she ended up being enthusiastic about