Dancing with Clara by Mary Balogh

By Mary Balogh

Leave out Clara Danford makes a decision that she needs to be cautious approximately wasting her center to Frederick Sullivan, the devilishly good-looking rake whose appropriate kisses and passionate wooing may well masks a bent soul.

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One came to Bath to look for a rich wife. The best place to do that, of course, was London during the Season. The great Marriage Mart. It seemed the obvious place at which Frederick should shop. But for two particular reasons he could not do so. First, he could not afford to wait until the following spring to find himself a wife. It was likely he would be in debtors' prison long before then unless his father paid his debts for him—he shuddered at the thought. Second, no father or guardian, looking out for the interests of his daughter, would give even the smallest consideration to the suit of the Honorable Frederick Sullivan.

Her prospects of marrying for love or even affection were nonexistent. The only man who would consider marriage with her was the man who had an eye to her fortune. She was lonely. Dreadfully lonely. And she had needs that were no less insistent than they could be in other women despite the fact that she had no beauty and was unable to walk. She had needs. Cravings. Sometimes she was so lonely despite Harriet's friendship and despite the existence of other good friends that she touched the frightening depths of despair.

Thank you, Freddie," she said, drawing her hands from his before she could forget that it was all charade, before she could forget that he would spend an anxious night wondering if he had trapped himself into a pointless marriage, wondering if there were any honorable way out. " He got to his feet and smiled down at her. "I have been so nervous," he said. " "If you pull the bell rope behind you," she said, "Harriet will return. " he said, turning quickly. " He turned back to her after pulling on the rope.

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