By Mary Balogh
BONUS: This variation includes an excerpt from Mary Balogh's The mystery Mistress.
Against the scandal and seduction of Regency England, long island 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. person 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. wanting to rescue her eldest sister from a loveless union, Vanessa Huxtable Dew deals herself as an alternative. short of a spouse, Elliott takes the audacious widow up on her unconventional suggestion whereas he pursues an pressing challenge of his personal. yet a wierd factor occurs with a purpose to the marriage evening. strangers with completely not anything in universal can’t hold their fingers off one another. Now, as intrigue swirls round a prior secret—one with a gorgeous connection to the Huxtables—Elliott and Vanessa are uncovering the excellent pleasures of the wedding bed…and gaining knowledge of that after it involves wedded bliss, love can’t be some distance at the back of.
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Grabbing a comb made of rowan wood set with orange amber, she hurried over to the stranger’s bed. A brief touch told her that he was still swimming like a trout beneath the surface of unnatural sleep. And like a trout, he was struggling to rise toward the gleaming lure of the sun. Amber shook him lightly. There was no response other than a muttering that had no meaning. She stood next to the bed and combed tangles from her long golden hair while she watched him anxiously. “You are closer to the sunlight with each heart-beat,” she said hopefully.
With an impatient sound, she swept the long mass back over her shoulders, only to have a handful escape once more. “You hair is like amber,” Duncan said, stroking a soft lock. ” he asked, smiling slowly. Amber’s breath caught. Duncan had a smile to melt sleet and call meadowlarks from a midnight sky. “No,” she said with a soft laugh, shaking her head. ” “Amber…” Duncan looked from her long hair to her luminous golden eyes. “Yes,” he said. ” Duncan released the silky strand of hair, stroked her wrist, and let his hand settle onto the thick fur cover.