ELOPING WITH EMMY                                                                                                           Vintage eBook





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Hot shot legal eagle, Tom Brodie, has been landed with an assignment to test any man to his limits - do whatever it takes to prevent headstrong heiress Emerald Carlisle from marrying a fortune-hunter. He is not happy about it, and when Emmy stows away in his car, his day goes from bad to worse, but since she's the only one who knows where to find the man in question he has no choice but take her along for the ride.


It's a bumpy one!

Emmy is not a woman to sit back and let things fall as they will. She has a plan and she keeps Brodie on his toes in a rollercoaster chase across the UK and France. He's more than up to the challenge, but falling in love with Emmy along the way is always going to end with his heart in pieces.


taste test...

Emerald's heart, already beating an adrenalin-charged tattoo as she eased herself down the drainpipe, had gone into overtime at the sudden appearance of her father.  But the moment her gaze had collided with the dark-eyed stranger standing with him she had known instinctively that she had an ally.  He hadn't batted an eyelid at the sight she must have made, not given her away by so much as a twitch of an eyebrow.  Instead he had quite coolly considered his options. 

He could have informed her father that he appeared to have an incompetent cat burglar clinging to his drainpipe. 

Or he could have ignored the situation, pretend he hadn't seen her and hope she didn't fall into the roses. 

Only a man without a scrap of imagination would have considered either of them.  What the dark-eyed stranger did was offer her the opportunity to escape by creating a diversion.   

That kind of swift thinking was so rare she thought.  Poor Kit would have dithered and blushed and quite given the game away.  He was sweet and wonderfully talented, but not in the least bit decisive which was why she had to get to him before her father's henchman.   

As she searched amongst the lavender and roses for her shoes she felt a moment of regret that she wouldn't be able to stay and thank dark-eyes for his chivalry.  Were they grey, she wondered, or brown?  Distance and the dusky light had made it impossible to tell. 

Unfortunately she didn't have time for politeness, but she was sure he would understand her need to put the maximum distance between herself and her father before he discovered her escape.  If only she could find her other shoe! 

She spotted it at last, half buried behind the tall lavender that edged the border, filling the air with sweet scent as she brushed against it.  The roses were not so kind, snagging at her bare arms as she reached for her shoe, catching and tangling her hair with their thorns.  She didn't have time to worry about it, or take time to extricate herself carefully, but tugged herself free.  The rose retaliated by whipping back and catching at her neck with its thorns.  She scarcely noticed.  All she knew was that she was taking far too long to get away. 

But there was no way she could make her escape bare-footed.  Her feet would be cut to ribbons on the gravel by the time she had sprinted around to the old coach house where her car had undoubtedly been stowed after her incarceration.  She could just hear her father speaking to the chauffeur.  "Miss Emerald has decided to stay for a a few days.  Put her car away will you, Saunders?"  All perfectly natural.  She made a rude noise as she tipped the dirt out of her shoes and slipped her feet into them.

'Maybe you left your keys in the car, Brodie.'  Her father's impatient voice carried through the open front door pinning her back against the wall. 

'I might have dropped them in the hall.'

Brodie.  The name had a nice, solid ring to it and Brodie, bless the man, was giving her all the time he could, delaying her father apparently quite unconcerned at the tetchiness in his voice.  Not many men were that brave.  Unfortunately his valour would be to little avail.  There was no cover within a hundred feet of her exposed position and any second now she was going to be discovered and dragged ignominiously back to the nursery where she would probably be put on a diet of bread and water.  Not that she cared about that.  But poor Kit ...

Of course, she could always throw herself on Brodie's mercy.  In fact the thought of flinging herself into his arms had a definite appeal.  She hadn't been mistaken about the shoulders, or his height.  And his character spoke for itself. 

But no.  He had already done more than enough.  To demand he choose between her and her father was more than could be expected of any knight errant.  But she was hanged if she was going to give in without a fight.  She had mere seconds in which to act before the two men appeared on the steps and she was discovered.  She didn't waste it, flinging herself at the BMW, praying that that it wasn't locked.  Her guardian angel must have been listening because the rear door opened to her touch and she dived in, pulling it shut behind her with heartfelt thanks for the superb German engineering that ensured it closed with scarcely a sound. 

She didn't know where her knight errant was going, but at least he was going somewhere.  Away from her father, away from Lower Honeybourne.  She would throw herself on his mercy and once they reached civilisation it would only take a telephone call to bring any number of gallants racing to her aid.  Meanwhile, she tucked herself down behind the front seats and congratulated herself on her luck. 

This might not be the most comfortable way to travel but, on reflection, escape was far more likely than in her own car.  Any attempt to retrieve that would undoubtedly have attracted the attention of her father's chauffeur who had a flat above the garages and by the time she reached the electronic security gates they would have been firmly closed. 

She would, of course, have climbed over them but she was well aware that walking along a deserted country road as night fell and without a penny to her name was not an entirely sensible course of action. 

Brodie, on the other hand, would drive straight through unchallenged and since he had already connived at her escape he could scarcely turn around and take her back when she popped up.  In fact she rather hoped he might be persuaded to take her home.  By morning she would be in France with Kit and then Hollingworth could do his worst. 

There was the added bonus that once they were clear of the park she would be able to sit up and thank Brodie for helping her.  The thought brought a smile to her lips.  She was absolutely sure that she and Brodie were going to be friends.

There was a crunch of shoes, the driver's door was opened and through the gap between the front seats she saw Brodie palm the keys from his pocket before turning to her father. 

'It seems they were on the seat all the time,' Emerald heard him say, almost certainly without a trace of a blush.  No one who acted with such swift decisiveness would be fazed by such a tiny white lie.  'I must have dropped them.


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From the book ELOPING WITH EMMY by Liz Fielding


(C) Classic Romance 2012