A Regency Christmas III by Mary Balogh

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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.

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