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

By Mary Balogh

Unique e-book: 1993

BONUS: This version 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 condominium of delight.

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 used to be this proven bachelor so completely captivated by means of one girl particularly? Why did he locate himself brooding about how the sort of infrequent jewel of grace, good looks, and refinement as Priss had ended up a courtesan? And whilst she wanted safety, why did Gerald, who’d sworn he’d by no means become 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 have been as packed with misfortune because it all at once 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 preserve them apart–only the phobia of trusting their hearts.

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Now that she was employed, of course, the time spent with them was less, but she’d vowed to continue. “Of course I will, Charlotte. I’d be happy to. And don’t worry about it being a burden. ” Charlotte searched her face. ” Olivia reached out and hugged Charlotte warmly. “Of course I am. ” Charlotte’s face was wreathed in smiles. “Oh, ye’re a saint, Olivia. ” They made arrangements for Olivia to stop by Charlotte’s home the following evening. They parted near the duck pond in the village. Olivia waved goodbye and trudged onward.

She could not approve. She did not approve. Yet all she could think was that Charlotte was right. He was a handsome devil. It was earlier tonight when Olivia prepared to leave Ravenwood. She was just departing when Charlotte caught up with her. ” Olivia smiled at her. “Of course not. ” They hadn’t gone far before Charlotte cleared her throat. Olivia glanced at her. A frown marred the smoothness of Charlotte’s brow. She opened her mouth, then looked away, only to glance back once more. Olivia took her elbow and came to a halt.

That she was unsuited for the work here? Nay. She couldn’t even contemplate such a thing. If she were without employment, how would she and Emily survive? Their eyes met. A lazy half-smile curled his mouth. ” One Moonlit Night / 47 With that he carried one small hand to his lips. To her utter shock, he kissed the back of each hand in turn, a fleeting brush of his mouth upon her flesh. He turned and strode away. Olivia was left standing there, her pulse hammering wildly. It was quite improper, the way he’d touched her cheek.

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