First Comes Marriage (Huxtable Quintet, Book 1) by Mary Balogh

By Mary Balogh

BONUS: This variation comprises an excerpt from Mary Balogh's The mystery Mistress.

Against the scandal and seduction of Regency England, big apple occasions bestselling writer Mary Balogh introduces a unprecedented family—the fiery, sensual Huxtables. Vanessa is the second one daughter, proud and bold, a tender widow who has her personal cause for pursuing the main eligible bachelor in London. one who has not anything to do with love. Or does it?[b]
The arrival of Elliott Wallace, the irresistibly eligible Viscount Lyngate, has thrown the rustic village of Throckbridge right into a tizzy. eager to rescue her eldest sister from a loveless union, Vanessa Huxtable Dew bargains herself in its place. wanting a spouse, Elliott takes the audacious widow up on her unconventional notion whereas he pursues an pressing undertaking of his personal. yet an odd factor occurs which will the marriage evening. strangers with totally not anything in universal can’t hold their palms off one another. Now, as intrigue swirls round a previous secret—one with a beautiful connection to the Huxtables—Elliott and Vanessa are uncovering the wonderful pleasures of the wedding bed…and researching that after it involves wedded bliss, love can’t be a ways in the back of.

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Alice ducked her head wishing she could hide. “Yes, she is lovely,” Blake complimented. Alice couldn’t help but glance through her eyelashes at Blake. The intensity in his eyes made her want to place cool hands on her warm cheeks, but that would draw more attention to her. Treading the waters of the ton, while trying to secure a titled husband was a challenge she had not relished. Alice managed to draw some male attention even though her dowry was only two thousand pounds. But she wanted more than interest and friendship from a marriage.

Her name on his lips made her mouth go dry. She wanted him to rip her clothes off rather than help her into them. She wanted to touch him, those full lips and firm jaw. How soft would his hair be if she touched it? Stop it. This was Blake, not a seducer of helpless women. “Close your eyes,” she commanded, embarrassment coursing through her. His nostrils flared and he sucked in his breath. “Don't look at me as you assist me,” Alice insisted, clenching her fists around the bunched up gown. “That depends on what you need assistance with,” Blake replied, keeping his eyes trained on her face.

Alice didn't wish to press Lord Bedford further and soon after she was whisked away to dance with other gentlemen of her acquaintance. Quadrilles and country-dances filled the remainder of her evening. The last dance came and Lord Bedford was at her side again. Blake had not approached her for another dance, but she smiled to hide her disappointment. Perhaps he came to the realization that she was to marry an aristocrat and set his sights on a much easier, steadier target. Miss Staton or Miss Carter would make a good wife for Blake.

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