By Mary Balogh
Born a commoner, Hannah Reid has been Duchess of Dunbarton seeing that she was once nineteen years previous. Now her husband is useless and, extra attractive than ever at thirty, Hannah has her freedom eventually. To the surprise of a standard buddy, she declares her purpose 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 name of earl, so now he denies himself not anything. Rumored to be residing the simple lifetime of a sensualist on his nation property, he constantly 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 notice that it isn't really easy to extricate oneself from the fires of desire--without getting singed.
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Summerhays looked to Verity for agreement. She nodded. It was the first good look Hawkeswell had of his wife in two years. He noted again how few of the particulars survived in his memory. The details of her appearance had quickly faded to mere impressions, along with those of her character. Lovely, he had thought when he met her, and meek. Young and innocent too. Except for the first, these were not the qualities he sought in women, but then he had never sought a wife before and, of course, different requirements were in order.
Even his anger could not justify that. Nor would Summerhays agree to help carry her out. Verity had sized up the limitations this situation put on him, and was prepared to exploit them. Which meant she was not meek after all. At least not anymore. He gestured to a settee. “Won’t you sit? ” She accepted the invitation, but did not sit on the settee. Instead she perched on an armless wooden chair. “You let us all think that tragedy befell you, Verity. ” “I am very sure that my cousin and his wife did not grieve.
Her tone indicated that she had rather hoped it was a mistake too. “There has been no error. ” Verity asked. “No. Perhaps I have been blind. That tragedy seemed far away and in another world. ” “I guessed. Or rather, I wondered,” Celia said. ” Audrianna gawked at pretty, blond Celia. Celia in turn took Verity’s hand and patted it. “But then I would say to myself, no, it can’t be. That girl is dead for certain. Lizzie can’t be that girl unless she has lost her memory. A woman does not run away on her wedding day to live in frugality and obscurity.