By Mary Balogh
Born a commoner, Hannah Reid has been Duchess of Dunbarton seeing that she was once nineteen years outdated. Now her husband is lifeless and, extra appealing than ever at thirty, Hannah has her freedom finally. To the surprise of a traditional good friend, she proclaims her purpose to take a lover--and not only any lover, however the most threatening and scrumptious guy in all of upper-class England: Constantine Huxtable. Constantine's illegitimacy has denied him the name of earl, so now he denies himself not anything. Rumored to be residing the simple lifetime of a sensualist on his nation property, he continuously chooses contemporary widows for his short-lived affairs. Hannah will healthy the invoice well. yet as soon as those passionate and scandalous figures locate one another, they become aware of that it isn't really easy to extricate oneself from the fires of desire--without getting singed.
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Extra resources for A Secret Affair (Huxtable Quintet, Book 5)
I wish I might see you make the attempt! No, no, don’t make me any more protestations! What you have said, you know, is the outside of enough! Indeed, it is most improper! Lord Damerel is a gentleman, and if he were not, I am not so innocent that I’m not very well able to take care of myself. Besides, it’s all fustian! Your papa would say you were enacting a Cheltenham tragedy, and that’s precisely what you are doing! If you choose to play-act it is quite your own concern, but you shall not do so at my expense.
The more disdainful, not to say insulting, the ladies, the greater their devotion had been, and the greater their ultimate triumph when their exploits had convinced the favoured fair ones of their true qualities. The vision thus conjured up of winning Venetia’s admiration was agreeable enough to make him abandon any immediate intention of becoming a misogynist, and brought him back to Ebbersley in a sunny mood, which lasted until the recollection that whatever glory the future might hold in store the present was overcast by the shadow of Lord Damerel unluckily coincided with a request from Sir John that he should change his Belcher handkerchief for a more seemly neckcloth before sitting down to dinner with his mother and sisters.
It lasted for quite a considerable time, and Venetia made no attempt to check it. Nor did she laugh, for it was apparent to her that her youthful admirer had worked himself into a dangerously overwrought condition, and believed himself to be far more violently in love with her than she had guessed. She gathered from one or two of his utterances that he was persuaded that she had been in a fair way to returning his love until Damerel had cast his spell over her; and although she knew that she had never given him the smallest encouragement she was vexed with herself for not having perceived that a turbulent boy with a yearning for romance and a marked turn for dramatizing himself was quite capable of exaggerating mere elder-sisterly kindness into something far warmer.
A Secret Affair (Huxtable Quintet, Book 5) by Mary Balogh