By Mary Balogh

ISBN-10: 0440338999

ISBN-13: 9780440338994

Unique ebook: 1993

BONUS: This version includes an excerpt from Mary Balogh's The mystery Mistress.

New York occasions 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 residence of enjoyment.

She was once in contrast to any lady 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 was once this proven bachelor so completely captivated through one girl particularly? Why did he locate himself pondering how this sort of infrequent jewel of grace, attractiveness, and refinement as Priss had ended up a courtesan? And whilst she wanted safeguard, why did Gerald, who’d sworn he’d by no means get involved in affairs of the guts, 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 were as choked with misfortune because it abruptly 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 hold them apart–only the terror of trusting their hearts.

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It was useless to discuss the matter with Mama, who was so far past her own London Season that she probably couldn’t even remember it. There was, after all, no real reason Rye couldn’t have taken Sophie along. There would be nothing wrong with her going to the city, even staying at an inn—something Sophie had also never done—if she were traveling with her brother. She suspected darkly that the truth was that Rye wasn’t planning to spend much time with his tailor. When she’d confronted him in his library and begged to be rescued from Lady Brindle’s sprained ankle, his expression had made her think he was up to something cagey.

Yes, just three miles away… and an abbey. It would be so convenient to have my daughter right at hand and to have her be a countess as well. However, there’s no sense crying over spilt milk; it wasn’t meant to be. ” Miranda couldn’t help wondering if Ann Eliza’s assistance would be as welcome as she expected. Ann Eliza refilled her glass and selected another cake. “It seems to me you’ll have your hands full presenting your Sophie, when the time comes. Surely you’re not going to try this year, Miranda?

He had let a decorous two weeks go by while he mulled over the advice the old lady had given him at the assembly. Now he felt it was time to act. So he wasn’t lying—quite. Still, when his mother’s gaze sharpened, Rye felt much as he had as a child when he would put forth some outrageous whopper and hope to heaven she’d believe it. He had to restrain the urge to cross his fingers behind his back. ” He tried to make the notion sound careless, casual. ” “Come to stay for a few days, to keep her company while she recovers.

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