By Mary Balogh
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Critics name her “a veritable treasure, a matchless storyteller” (Romantic Times). Readers have fallen in love with Mary Balogh’s glowing mixture of wit and romance. Now this extraordinary author sweeps us again to Regency England, right into a global of risky secrets and techniques and glittering intrigue, as a speeding lord meets his fit in a fiery good looks who vows to be . .. No Man’s Mistress.
The darkish, devastating stranger rode into the village reasonable and wagered twenty kilos on the throwing sales space — for an opportunity to win the daisies in Viola Thornhill’s hair. The Gypsy fortune teller had warned: “Beware of a tall, darkish, good-looking stranger. He can break you — in case you don't first snare his middle. ”
Recklessly Viola flirted, then danced with him round the Maypole. after which got here his soft, scrumptious kiss. Viola didn't remorse that she had permit down her shield — until eventually the following morning, while he seemed at her door to assert her loved Pinewood Manor.
Lord Ferdinand Dudley received her domestic in a video game of cards!
Viola hated him for attempting to take every thing, together with her soul. She was once mistress of Pinewood Manor. but Dudley refused to depart, at the same time his sense of right and wrong rebelled at compromising this gorgeous blameless whose purely evidence of possession was once a useless earl’s promise. Dudley held the deed, yet at what fee?
Each day below an identical roof introduced its percentage of temptation, intimacy, and guilt. yet Viola knew it used to be a conflict she couldn't have the funds for to lose. Marriage used to be out of the query, and he or she will be no man’s mistress. whilst Dudley’s unnerving presence, his figuring out smile, threatened to soften her resolve.
Against his higher judgment, Lord Ferdinand Dudley used to be beguiled. This maddening attractiveness had stirred him as no lady had earlier than. And he used to be sure and decided to make her his own.
At as soon as sensuous, whimsical, and beautifully romantic, Mary Balogh’s new novel holds us in thrall, bringing to lifestyles a love tale that sizzles with ardour and originality.
While antiquities start to pass lacking from London drawing rooms omit Calliope Chase units out to revive order. The thief has to be a well-connected member of the Ton. and she or he does not have to glance a lot extra than Cameron de Vere, Earl of Westwood, for a suspect. What she does not detect is that her decided pursuit of a legal is commencing to appear like a budding romance.
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Her voice was low, melodic. Seductive, and deliberately schooled to sound that way, he guessed. —back into his. He did not for a moment believe she was a virtuous woman. Or that what little virtue she had was not for hire. “I have just been commending Miss Heyward on her talent and grace, Folingsby,” Netherford said. “Damme, but if she were in a ballroom, she would put every other lady to shame. No gentleman would wish to dance with anyone but her, eh? ” He dug one elbow into his lordship’s ribs.
Again there was the momentary tensing followed by relaxation. He was looking down at her a moment later, his eyes half-closed, his hands again on either side of her waist. ” “My first…” She gazed blankly at him. ” She had nothing to say this time. ” he asked her. ” He watched her swallow. “Even the most hardened of whores,” she said at last, “was a virgin once, my lord. For each there is a first time. I will not flinch or weep or deny you your will, if that is what you fear. You are paying me well.
His lordship had looked her over unhurriedly through his glass and inclined his head to her when her eyes had met his across the room. And then he had joined the even larger crowd of gentlemen gathered about Hannah Dove, the singer who sang like her name, or so one of her court had assured her. For which piece of gross flattery he had been rewarded with a gracious smile and a hand to kiss. Julian had left the greenroom after a few minutes and taken himself off to his married sister’s drawing room.