Hate Mail (Paper Cuts #1) Read Online Winter Renshaw

Categories Genre: Alpha Male, Billionaire, Contemporary Tags Authors: Series: Paper Cuts Series by Winter Renshaw

Total pages in book: 77
Estimated words: 74730 (not accurate)
Estimated Reading Time in minutes: 374(@200wpm)___ 299(@250wpm)___ 249(@300wpm)

In the Wakemont family, it’s tradition to arrange a marriage before the ink is dry on your birth certificate. I was five hours old when my father promised me to the son of a man with “more money than God.”

As we grew older, my future groom and I were encouraged to exchange “love letters” to get better acquainted—except the correspondence he sent read more like hate mail.

Slade Delacorte hated the arrangement.

But more than that, he hated me.

He was moody, intense, arrogant, and darkly gorgeous. A villain—not a prince. The last man on earth I’d ever marry (if I had the choice).

On my 24th birthday, we exchanged vows in front of six hundred guests who had no idea we weren’t every bit the blissful couple we pretended to be.

But as we began our new life together, I soon learned there was only one thing worse than marrying the man I’d hated my entire falling in love with him.

AUTHOR'S NOTE —This angsty, steamy contemporary romance is a complete standalone with a happily ever after.

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“Please tell me this is some kind of joke.” My mother’s face falls the instant I emerge from the fitting room in a black lace wedding dress.

The soft filtered sunlight streaming through the lace curtains, racks of designer gowns, Chopin faintly playing from hidden speakers, endless flutes of Veuve Clicquot, and perfumed, lily-of-the-valley air should be enough to make this one of the most beautiful moments of anyone’s life, only this has to be one of the worst moments of mine.

Six months from today, I’m to be married to Slade Delacorte—an arrangement my parents made with his before either of us were old enough to protest.

“Nico said black is the trending wedding dress color this year.” I wink at my fitting room attendant, silently willing him to help me out here, only he looks like a deer in headlights. “Right, Nico? Weren’t you just telling me that?”

“It … it’s true, Mrs. Wakemont,” he stammers in his posh English accent as his hooded gaze settles on my mother’s horrified expression. “There was an article a while back in Bride magazine. I could find it if you’d like to have a read.”

Turning, I step onto the raised platform and examine my reflection in the three-sided mirror, ignoring the commotion going on behind me as my mother attempts to get my bridesmaids on her side.

“White is classic though,” Tenley, my best friend since preschool, chimes in. Love her to death but she’s always been weak-spined, especially when it comes to powerful, intimidating women like my mother. “You can’t go wrong with white.”

“Black is bold and sexy,” my former college roommate, Elise, offers. She’s always been quick to take my side in all matters—even when I’ve been wrong—because that’s the kind of person Elise is. “You could wear traditional white for the ceremony and do an avant-garde black for your reception.”

“I like it,” Stassi, my best friend from high school, chimes in. “I wouldn’t wear it personally, but I like it. It makes me think of a black swan. Chic and elegant.”

Stassi offers a pained smile, though her pain has nothing to do with my dress or this awkward situation we’re in. Last year, she found out her fiancé was cheating on her a few months before the wedding. They were about to buy a condo in Manhattan together and everything. Their entire lives were ahead of them and I’d never seen her happier—until it all came crashing down.

Inevitably the wedding was called off and Stassi moved back home to Sapphire Shores for a “break,” but her sabbatical has turned into something akin to a semi-permanent situation.

She used to take the subway to work and broker high-dollar deals.

Now she makes crappy pizza at a local parlor and lives in the run-down apartment above it—by choice.

But I digress.

“You girls are doing Campbell a disservice by being generous with your praise,” my mother tells my friends. The girls exchange looks, though not a single one of them dares to rebut her. Mom clasps her French manicured hands in her lap, over her elegantly slanted crossed legs. “Let’s get on with this, darling. Please.”

I run my hands along the silky onyx lace that hugs my hourglass hips and makes me feel rebellious and brave.

There’s not a single piece in this entire boutique that could hold a flame to this one.

Not only that, but it’s a statement.

Marrying Slade is essentially a funeral for my future.

I’m in mourning, even if I have to plaster a smile on my face and pretend I’m not.

Also, a woman has to have a sense of humor about these kinds of things if she wants to stay sane—a decision I landed on years ago, when I learned my parents were never going to change their stance on this ridiculous marriage arrangement.

“Is there a matching veil for this?” I ask Nico.

He glances at my mother, who rolls her eyes.

Hesitating, he mutters that he’ll be right back.

Poor guy—stuck between a rock and a hard place.

Welcome to my world …

“Campbell Elizabeth Wakemont, I’m not buying you a black wedding dress.” My mother tosses back a mouthful of champagne before checking the glimmering diamond Rolex on her left wrist. “We have brunch reservations after this and then we’re meeting with the florist to finalize flowers. Please don’t waste any more of everyone’s precious time. Take that horrid thing off and try on some of the gorgeous gowns Nico pulled for you.”

I twist around, peering over each shoulder as I examine myself from every angle in the mirrors. The dress is sexy yet understated, the way it hugs and drapes and exposes the perfect amount of decolletage and bare shoulders. It moves when I move, fluid yet fitted, holding me like it never wants to let me go.

I feel like I could conquer the world in this thing—or run away in it.