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 fanatics within the unlikeliest position of all– an notorious London condominium of delight.
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 particularly? Why did he locate himself thinking about how this kind of 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 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 full of misfortune because it all of sudden 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 delight. 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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Additional resources for A Precious Jewel (Stapleton-Downes, Book 2)
If he was ever to discover the truth about her present circumstances he would, quite naturally, need to win her complete confidence. He was determined to do so and not merely in an attempt to satisfy his curiosity. ‘I understand from my valet that you managed to find your way down to the kitchens this morning. ’ At long last she met his gaze, albeit briefly. ’ ‘Ah, so you have become acquainted already—good! I hope you got along. ’ ‘He was all right with me. I gave him a bone, which helped, of course.
Tossing the landlord a shiny golden guinea, he bade him take care of the boy by providing whatever his youthful rescuer might request. In view of such generosity, mine host was only too willing to comply, and ushered his somewhat reluctant young customer toward the inn’s main entrance, leaving the Viscount staring after them, his high forehead creased with a decidedly puzzled look. ‘What’s amiss, Ben? ’ His lordship managed to drag his mind back to the present without too much difficulty. ‘No, not at all, Charles,’ he assured him, as they set off down the road.
Which instantly begged the question of what lay behind the outrageous escapade? With every passing mile his lordship’s curiosity was increasing by leaps and bounds! By the time the carriage had drawn to a halt before a certain much-admired residence in Berkeley Square his lordship had decided on his immediate course of action. His intriguing companion, on the other hand, did not betray any outward sign of being at all impressed by her surroundings when she alighted in his lordship’s wake. In fact, when she discovered it was none other than the Viscount’s town house they stood before, she appeared decidedly ill-at-ease, not to say a trifle annoyed.
A Precious Jewel (Stapleton-Downes, Book 2) by Mary Balogh