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By Mary Balogh

ISBN-10: 0440338999

ISBN-13: 9780440338994

Unique ebook: 1993

BONUS: This version comprises 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 residence of enjoyment.

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 via one lady specifically? Why did he locate himself brooding about how this type of infrequent jewel of grace, good looks, and refinement as Priss had ended up a courtesan? And while she wanted safeguard, 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 were as choked with misfortune because it abruptly appeared charmed. yet Priss couldn’t enable herself to think she’d ever be extra to a guy like Sir Gerald than a well-cared-for item of enjoyment. Now, regardless of Gerald’s deep mistrust of marriage, neither scandal nor society’s censure can preserve them apart–only the terror of trusting their hearts.

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He changed between hotel and boat: He changed his clothes and hair, his posture, his voice. He pushed from his mind a quiet hotel suite, a darkened balcony, a soft voice, and peace. When he stepped onto the boat, he was someone else. Someone whose laugh held a reckless, ruthless, dangerous edge. It was after four the next morning when he returned to his silent hotel suite. He showered, washing away the clinging scents of cheap perfume, smoke, and liquor, then wrapped a towel around his waist and went out onto the dark balcony.

Then he had said her beauty was a fortunate combination of genes and nothing more, and with the shield gone his seeming rejection had touched her rawest vulnerability. He hadn't meant to blow hot and then cold, to make his desire so obvious to her that she had, surprisingly and shyly, responded before he could withdraw without hurting her. He had hurt her, and he knew it. What he didn't know was where it would end if he didn't back off right now. "There's nothing wrong with you," he told her, his voice steady.

Different coloring, but.. heads turned when she walked by. People stared at her in absolute astonishment. I know what she went through. " "Killed. In a car... accident. " "I'm sorry. " A quick smile, the automatic acknowledgment of sympathy, was his only response as he leaned back to allow the waiter to serve him. Erin wondered if he would say anything more about his sister, but when the waiter had gone he reverted to the discussion about beauty. "Most people firmly believe that extreme beauty is a blessing, that it opens doors without effort.

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