No Man's Mistress (Mistress, Book 2) by Mary Balogh
By Mary Balogh
Unique e-book: 2001
Critics name her “a veritable treasure, a matchless storyteller” (Romantic Times). Readers have fallen in love with Mary Balogh’s gleaming mixture of wit and romance. Now this staggering author sweeps us again to Regency England, right into a international of risky secrets and techniques and glittering intrigue, as a speeding lord meets his fit in a fiery good looks who vows to be ... No Man’s Mistress.
The darkish, devastating stranger rode into the village reasonable and wagered twenty kilos on the throwing sales space — for an opportunity to win the daisies in Viola Thornhill’s hair. The Gypsy fortune teller had warned: “Beware of a tall, darkish, good-looking stranger. He can damage you — when you don't first snare his heart.”
Recklessly Viola flirted, then danced with him round the Maypole. after which got here his soft, scrumptious kiss. Viola didn't remorse that she had permit down her protect — until eventually the subsequent morning, whilst he seemed at her door to assert her cherished Pinewood Manor.
Lord Ferdinand Dudley gained her domestic in a online game of cards!
Viola hated him for attempting to take every thing, together with her soul. She was once mistress of Pinewood Manor. but Dudley refused to depart, whilst his moral sense rebelled at compromising this gorgeous blameless whose merely facts of possession used to be a lifeless earl’s promise. Dudley held the deed, yet at what rate?
Each day lower than an identical roof introduced its proportion of temptation, intimacy, and guilt. yet Viola knew it was once a conflict she couldn't come up with the money for to lose. Marriage used to be out of the query, and she or he will be no man’s mistress. at the same time Dudley’s unnerving presence, his realizing smile, threatened to soften her resolve.
Against his higher judgment, Lord Ferdinand Dudley was once beguiled. This maddening attractiveness had stirred him as no girl had earlier than. And he used to be sure and made up our minds to make her his own.
At as soon as sensuous, whimsical, and fantastically romantic, Mary Balogh’s new novel holds us in thrall, bringing to existence a love tale that sizzles with ardour and originality.
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The Duke laughed suddenly. “Major Vaughn—good God, I know him. ’” He roared with laughter, which not even a look from Miss Wayborn could quell. In a moment, Juliet was laughing, too. It had been quite some time since they had laughed together, and perhaps they laughed a bit harder than they otherwise would have done. ” Chapter 3 When Abigail returned her engagement ring to Lord Dulwich, she expected a certain amount of private recrimination from the jilted man. To her surprise, he merely disappeared from her life.
Juliet was a fine-looking girl with a cloud of dark hair, wide gray eyes, and a slim athletic figure. Pique only served to enhance her natural beauty, but, as her brother, Cary was immune to both her tantrums and her charms. He still remembered her as the disgusting object that, at the age of three, had broken his favorite toy horse. “I shall take my leave of you now, you little beast,” he said. ” said Juliet, in case he had not understood her. “I hate to think of you all alone in that drafty old pile at Christmas when you ought to be with your family.