By Mary Balogh
Born a commoner, Hannah Reid has been Duchess of Dunbarton in view that she used to be nineteen years outdated. Now her husband is useless and, extra attractive than ever at thirty, Hannah has her freedom finally. To the surprise of a traditional good friend, she publicizes her goal to take a lover--and not only any lover, however the most threatening and scrumptious guy in all of upper-class England: Constantine Huxtable. Constantine's illegitimacy has denied him the identify of earl, so now he denies himself not anything. Rumored to be residing the straightforward lifetime of a sensualist on his state property, he consistently chooses contemporary widows for his short-lived affairs. Hannah will healthy the invoice properly. yet as soon as those passionate and scandalous figures locate one another, they become aware of that it isn't really easy to extricate oneself from the fires of desire--without getting singed.
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Slaves to their base animal instincts… It was not her first experience of her base animal instinct, but Prudence would be no man's slave. She'd been taken unawares, but she was a woman of principle. Or she tried to be. She pushed his face away. "Unhand me sir," Prudence said crisply. " Unfortunately, the words came out feebly, almost dreamily, and with a complete lack of conviction. She was mortified to realize her hands still cupped his face. She could not seem to let go. He took a deep breath, blinked, stared down at her, and the look in his eyes made her gasp.
The cad beside her groaned theatrically. " "Yes," she agreed severely. "And now it is too late for that, since poor Grandpapa lies—" "God rest his soul," the wretch intoned piously. " Prudence corrected him. " She faced Great-uncle Oswald resolutely. "In any case, I find my eyes have been opened to His Grace's true defects of character—" "After all this time, I thought you must be willing to overlook the defects," murmured the duke irrepressibly. "Don't tell me you didn't even notice them? " Prudence pressed her lips together a moment, forced a bubble of laughter back down, and continued, "I cannot marry a man who is such a miserable coward—" "Not miserable, surely.
She knew she was not, of course, but the sensation was indescribable. It was a very good thing that gentlemen in general were not encouraged to carry ladies about, otherwise there would be even more sin in the world than there was already, she decided. She kept her eyes firmly closed, lying limp against his chest, in absolute certainty of his strength supporting her. If she looked up, she knew she would find herself looking into a pair of dark, laughing eyes. And from this distance, she would find him extremely difficult to resist.