By Mary Balogh
Unique e-book: 1993
BONUS: This variation includes an excerpt from Mary Balogh's The mystery Mistress.
New York instances bestselling writer Mary Balogh weaves a sensuous spell of romance that brings jointly the unlikeliest pair of fans within the unlikeliest position of all– an notorious London condo of delight.
She used to be in contrast to any girl he’d ever met in the ton or the demimonde. yet Sir Gerald Stapleton frequented Mrs. Blyth’s euphemistically dubbed “finishing school” for natural, simple pleasure–and not anything else. So why used to be this proven bachelor so completely captivated through one lady particularly? Why did he locate himself considering how any such infrequent jewel of grace, attractiveness, and refinement as Priss had ended up a courtesan? And whilst she wanted safety, why did Gerald, who’d sworn he’d by no means get involved in affairs of the center, hasten to set her up as his personal pampered mistress to make sure her safety–and have her all to himself?
For Priscilla Wentworth, the trail resulting in Sir Gerald’s mattress have been as full of misfortune because it unexpectedly appeared charmed. yet Priss couldn’t let herself to think she’d ever be extra to a guy like Sir Gerald than a well-cared-for item of delight. Now, regardless of Gerald’s deep mistrust of marriage, neither scandal nor society’s censure can preserve them apart–only the phobia of trusting their hearts.
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Dukes rarely went anywhere without fanfare. Or so she had heard. Certainly when she’d ﬁrst met Colster at his home even the servants had servants. One thing, she was glad she wore her best day dress, which was a forest green high-necked dress with a triangle of let-in work at the bodice. When they had started out this morning, Klem had thought that if they pushed hard, there was a possibility they could arrive in Nathraichean by nightfall. Consequently, Charlotte had chosen her ﬁnest clothes including her kid leather slippers, of which she was inordinately proud.
So what if he’d wanted to bed her? He stretched out his legs, uncaring if he took up all the foot room in the coach. He needed sleep. Hours ago he’d stopped in an inn to snatch a In the Bed of a Duke 43 nap, but his busy mind had prevented him from relaxing. However, the swaying of the coach and a sense that he was closer to his destiny eased his fevered brain a bit. As he had done a hundred times, perhaps thousands since he’d started this trip, Phillip reached inside his coat and touched Nanny Frye’s letter.
And a sharper wit,” she informed him. Was it her imagination, or, in spite of her insolence, did she see a ghost of a smile on his lips? She had. And with his humor, the stiffness seemed to leave him. He appraised her a moment before sitting forward, his manner changing. ” “Because he invited me,” she said simply, and couldn’t resist adding, “and because you have made it very difﬁcult for me to feel comfortable in London. I’m welcome on very few doorsteps. Which I can handle,” she hurried to assure him, “except that my friends the Seversons are also being forced to share my guilt.