"My objective in telling my story is to warn other women and make sure they don't go through what I've just gone through, because it's pretty cruel," said Lesley, who didn't want her last name used.
Last October, a beguiling Brit named Michael (Mick) Waring showed up in a Vancouver neighbourhood pub and swept Lesley off her feet. The 48-year-old dog walker wasn't looking for a boyfriend, but found herself totally smitten by the affable Waring.
"He's just charming and funny, someone you can hang around with and laugh with," said Lesley.
Waring was a construction worker, but claimed to also be a member of the Special Air Service, an elite and highly secretive unit of the British Army.
He won over not only Lesley but her friends and other patrons at the pub, regaling them with war stories of his work with the SAS.
Within two months, he'd moved into Lesley's basement suite and asked her to marry him. She eagerly said yes.
Little did she know that Waring has been steadily collecting wives for 17 years.
Last September, he was convicted of bigamy in an Edmonton court for marrying a city woman, Lori Waring, in August 2005, while still married to Briton Angie Waring. He married her in February 2003.
According to Sun sources, Waring is still married to Lori Waring, Angie Waring and Ontario resident Debbie Waring.
Angie's mom Susan told Sun Media that Angie - who came to Edmonton and busted him leading a double life last year - has not divorced him because she has no idea of where he is.
Waring would disappear from time to time, said Lesley. Once, he told her his SAS unit had been dispatched to Afghanistan to blow up terrorists.
When he returned from one of the missions, he told his pub friends he'd been awarded the "George Cross" and showed off a letter of praise from a British lord.
Perhaps Lesley's first inkling that something was off came when she noticed the letter was full of typos.
But their relationship carried on, and last month a jubilant Waring announced he'd closed the deal on a $1-million house with a breathtaking view for them to live in.
Waring told her he also owned two houses in Edmonton and one in England. He didn't mention the bank foreclosed on his $315,000 west Edmonton home after he fell behind on the payments while in jail for bigamy.
Days later, Waring told Lesley he'd been called away again - this time to Spain on SAS business.
But Lesley found out he hadn't put a deposit down on the new home and they were in danger of losing the deal. She tried to reach him, but his cellphone was off.
It was when she looked through her computer that Lesley's world came crashing down on her.
She discovered her dashing fiance had been using her eBay account. Her stomach turned when she saw some of the online auction items Waring had been bidding on - a George Cross, an SAS medal and a United Nations military medal from Cyprus, said Lesley.
When Waring finally called her, she told him it was over. He has since skipped out of Vancouver, leaving Lesley reeling over how close she came to being Mrs. Waring No. 4.
"I loved him to death. I've never given myself to anyone like I gave myself to him," said the heartbroken woman.