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

By Mary Balogh

Unique booklet: 1993

BONUS: This variation comprises 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 enthusiasts within the unlikeliest position of all– an notorious London residence of enjoyment.

She was once not like 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 was once this proven bachelor so completely captivated by means of one lady specifically? Why did he locate himself puzzling over how any such infrequent jewel of grace, attractiveness, and refinement as Priss had ended up a courtesan? And while she wanted security, 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 have been as packed with misfortune because it all of sudden 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 enjoyment. Now, regardless of Gerald’s deep mistrust of marriage, neither scandal nor society’s censure can continue them apart–only the terror of trusting their hearts.

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It wasn’t the most gracious agreement Mac had ever heard, but it would do. He set César in motion in the right direction—and the warrior maiden followed. Mackenzie’s barn was isolated, with no other farm buildings visible. Kiri pulled up beside it gratefully. She was wet and exhausted and any shelter would do. Hard to remember that she’d started this day with hot chocolate and fresh bread served in a comfortable bedroom at Grimes Hall. Her unwelcome companion dismounted and opened the wide doors so she could lead Chieftain into the barn.

Actually, my name is Kiri, not Carrie,” she said with a choke of laughter. ” “No matter,” he said distractedly. “You are beautiful under any name. . ” Wait. Kiri. He’d only heard that name once. He gasped and released her as if she were a burning coal. “My God—Kiri! You must be Lady Kiri Lawford. ” Damnation, he should have guessed when he saw her green eyes. She and her brother looked very alike. ” she said, pleased, as she pulled his head down again. For dizzy moments he forgot why he should not be doing this.

She was wet and exhausted and any shelter would do. Hard to remember that she’d started this day with hot chocolate and fresh bread served in a comfortable bedroom at Grimes Hall. Her unwelcome companion dismounted and opened the wide doors so she could lead Chieftain into the barn. “There will be hay inside,” he said. “Burrowing in should help warm you up. ” She dismounted creakily, aching in every muscle. ” “Spoken like a true horsewoman,” he said with approval. “I’ll see if I can get a fire going.

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