A Precious Jewel (Stapleton-Downes, Book 2) by Mary Balogh

By Mary Balogh

Unique book: 1993

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

New York instances bestselling writer Mary Balogh weaves a sensuous spell of romance that brings jointly the unlikeliest pair of fanatics within the unlikeliest position of all– an notorious London residence of delight.

She used to be not like any lady he’d ever met in the ton or the demimonde. yet Sir Gerald Stapleton frequented Mrs. Blyth’s euphemistically dubbed “finishing school” for natural, easy pleasure–and not anything else. So why used to be this proven bachelor so completely captivated through one girl particularly? Why did he locate himself brooding about how this sort of infrequent jewel of grace, good looks, and refinement as Priss had ended up a courtesan? And while she wanted defense, why did Gerald, who’d sworn he’d by no means get involved in affairs of the center, hasten to set her up as his personal pampered mistress to make sure her safety–and have her all to himself?

For Priscilla Wentworth, the trail resulting in Sir Gerald’s mattress have been as packed with misfortune because it unexpectedly appeared charmed. yet Priss couldn’t enable herself to think she’d ever be extra to a guy like Sir Gerald than a well-cared-for item of delight. Now, regardless of Gerald’s deep mistrust of marriage, neither scandal nor society’s censure can preserve them apart–only the terror of trusting their hearts.

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Unique ebook: 1993

BONUS: This version comprises an excerpt from Mary Balogh's the key Mistress.

manhattan instances bestselling writer Mary Balogh weaves a sensuous spell of romance that brings jointly the unlikeliest pair of fans within the unlikeliest position of all– an notorious London apartment of enjoyment.

She used to be in contrast to any girl he’d ever met in the ton or the demimonde. yet Sir Gerald Stapleton frequented Mrs. Blyth’s euphemistically dubbed “finishing school” for natural, simple pleasure–and not anything else. So why was once this proven bachelor so completely captivated via one lady particularly? Why did he locate himself thinking about how this kind of infrequent jewel of grace, good looks, and refinement as Priss had ended up a courtesan? And while she wanted safety, why did Gerald, who’d sworn he’d by no means become involved in affairs of the guts, hasten to set her up as his personal pampered mistress to make sure her safety–and have her all to himself?

For Priscilla Wentworth, the trail resulting in Sir Gerald’s mattress were as jam-packed with misfortune because it abruptly appeared charmed. yet Priss couldn’t let herself to think she’d ever be extra to a guy like Sir Gerald than a well-cared-for item of delight. Now, regardless of Gerald’s deep mistrust of marriage, neither scandal nor society’s censure can maintain them apart–only the phobia of trusting their hearts.

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The tickle that had lodged in her throat moments ago suddenly plummeted into her chest and then expelled itself in a hail of coughs that drew the attention of several members of the ton standing nearby. Unfortunately, it also brought her to his notice. One corner of the fighter’s lips lifted in a cocky grin, and he tipped his head toward her. Lord above, he’s recognized me. Perfect. Just what I need this night. Isobel straightened her back and cast her eyes to the floor, as though to confirm that nothing had spilled from her reticule.

Christiana’s eyes went as wide as the mouth of a goblet, and she pulled Isobel with her into the nearest corner of the assembly room. ” Isobel tried to pull away, but Christiana tugged her back. “I must tell you then. ” Christiana turned her head and nodded toward the Sinclairs. ” It appeared to Isobel that her friend was trying very hard not to show her glee in being able to share a juicy bit of gossip with her. ” Isobel could not help but mentally count the number of Sinclairs standing near the doorway.

Someone in the club heard me. ” Christiana leaned close to Isobel and lowered her tone so that no one nearby would hear her next words. ” Isobel glanced at the doorway again, then back at Christiana. ” Christiana redirected her gaze toward the door. “Hmm. ” She fought the urge to look up at him. ” Christiana clasped her hands over her heart. “He is so beautiful . . but so broken. ” Isobel wrinkled her nose at Christiana’s nonsensical fantasy. “What are you prattling on about? ” Christiana’s lips turned downward, and she clasped her free hand over her heart dramatically.

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