A Precious Jewel (Stapleton-Downes, Book 2) by Mary Balogh

By Mary Balogh

Unique e-book: 1993

BONUS: This variation 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 fanatics within the unlikeliest position of all– an notorious London residence of delight.

She was once not like 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 used to be this proven bachelor so completely captivated via one girl particularly? Why did he locate himself puzzling over how this kind of infrequent jewel of grace, attractiveness, and refinement as Priss had ended up a courtesan? And while she wanted safety, why did Gerald, who’d sworn he’d by no means become 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 have been as choked with misfortune because it by surprise appeared charmed. yet Priss couldn’t permit 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 retain them apart–only the phobia of trusting their hearts.

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She asked. ” Emily nodded with a grimace. ” Meredith’s eyes widened until they hurt. Devlin. He was the second in command of a dangerous group of traitors. A man with his hands in so many schemes that he reeked of scandal and ruin. Her agency and others like it had been pursuing 34 JENNA PETERSEN Devlin’s set for years, but had never been able to find sufficient evidence against them, or determine the identity of the leader of their gang. But they were very likely responsible for the deaths and injuries of many good men in duty to the King, both in the military and in the ranks of spies.

Quite . ” Meredith heard the tremor in her voice. ” He hesitated long enough for her to know he did mind. But since he could not know of her status as a spy, she wasn’t sure why he would want to keep her at a distance. Especially when his attraction 44 JENNA PETERSEN for her was so clear, no matter how hard he seemed to be fighting the urge. But then, she had never understood his dismissal of her. “Of course not, my lady,” he answered with a bow in her direction. “I look forward to your presence there.

Desire. Deep and dangerous desire that called forth an answering response in his blood. He looked away. His mother lamented the fact, but this was exactly why he had been alone for so long. These needs, these wants, they were a distraction he could ill afford. Meredith cocked her head. “Is everything well, my lord? ” His mother’s gaze snapped to his face at that remark and the lines around her mouth deepened with concern. A blast of guilt rushed through his blood as he straightened up. “I believe you are mistaken, Lady Northam,” he 52 JENNA PETERSEN forced out through clenched teeth.

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