The Secret Pearl by Mary Balogh

By Mary Balogh

Unique booklet: 1991

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

Mary Balogh has no equivalent in terms of shooting the complicated, impossible to resist passions among women and men. Her vintage novel, The mystery Pearl, is one in all the big apple Times bestselling author’s finest–a story of temptation and seduction, of guarded hearts and uncooked emotion…and of a love so strong it is going to take your breath away….

He first spies her within the shadows open air a London theatre, an attractive creature compelled to negotiate her physique to outlive.

To the girl recognized easily as Fleur, the well-dressed gentleman with the captivating eyes is an not going savior. And while she takes the stranger to her mattress, she by no means expects to determine him back. yet then Fleur accepts a place as governess to a tender girl…and is surprised to find that her hour of darkness lover is a robust nobleman. As cautious hearts ignite–and the specter of scandal hovers over them–one query is still: will she be mistress or spouse?

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And yet… And yet, as his hands moved boldly over her bodice and cupped her breasts, she could not resist threading her fingers through his silky gray-threaded hair. Like the rest of him, the sensation was sinfully sensuous. —the Wolfhound finally ceased his shameless embrace and leaned back. “A man could do far worse on the Marriage Mart than to choose you,” he said softly. “For at least he will likely not be bored in bed. ” The crude comment finally roused Alexa from the seductive spell that had held her in thrall.

A quicksilver flicker of moonlight flashed beneath his dark lashes. Then his eyes were once again as hard as blackened steel. ” She felt a flush steal over her face, and was furious with herself for asking such a stupid question. Idiot. Of course he wouldn’t remember kissing an awkward country miss. As for her own recollection of the moment… “Thank God for that,” answered Alexa with a mock shudder. ” She paused for a moment. ” A dark brow shot up. ” “You flatter yourself, sir. ” “Forgettable,” he repeated softly.

Son of a bitch. Why was it that of late, females—especially highborn ones—had been naught but a harbinger of trouble? As the coach lumbered through yet another tollgate on the London road, Alexa could not help wondering what price she would pay for this spur-of-the-moment decision. Until several months ago, she had lived a very ordered life. A quiet country existence, defined by the unchanging rhythm of her daily duties on the ancestral estate. And now? All of a sudden, two wild, impetuous moves, one tripping on the heels of the other.

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