A BEAUMONT THEORY
so here goes nothing, but I’m thinking this : Maxwell Beaumont had a brief fling with Drake’s sister Savannah, until she realizes she’s pregnant with his child. Conflicted, she goes to Bertrand Beaumont. Bertrand is LIVID. A Beaumont child born to a commoner, and out of wedlock, no less. He promises her that she will receive a stipend to start a life with her child far from Cordonia, so long as she not jeopardize the Beaumont House by telling a living soul about their problem. (Maybe Bertrand even tells Savannah that Maxwell is disgusted by her since getting her pregnant, and that he now hates her. Or he tells Savannah that if she really cares about Maxwell, she won’t jeopardize his life, honor, and reputation by staying in Cordonia.) So distraught, Savannah cuts all ties with her family and leaves to France to birth and raise her child. But the stipend the Beaumont house pays her is taking a toll, and is slowly driving them bankrupt. Bertrand blames Maxwell for this ( Even though maxwell has no idea that it’s his fault the house is losing money) and that’s why Bertrand seems to always be angry with Maxwell for no good reason, and that’s why Maxwell is so confused as to why Bertrand acts this way toward him. If Maxwell isn’t made a love interest, then by the end of the book, we might see him reunite with Savannah, and his child.