Mistress or Marriage? by Elizabeth Rolls

By Elizabeth Rolls

A uncomplicated Choice?

To make sure the succession of the Helford relations line, it is principal that David Melville, Viscount Helford should still marry—and quickly! he is decided to decide on a spouse of the Aristocracy and decorum as an issue of convenience—until his get to the bottom of is shaken to the center via the self reliant and fiery leave out Marsden.

Sophie's undeniable attractiveness, forthrightness and nearly penniless country are not anything Viscount Helford wishes in a spouse. yet she stirs a fondness in him he can't withstand. the answer turns out effortless, yet to take her as his mistress might tarnish her strong name—something he understands she cannot manage to pay for to lose. yet can he find the money for to lose her?

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With a resigned smile, Darleston considered carefully. “Well, there is the Clovelly chit, quite attractive and well behaved. Not titled, of course, but the Clovellys are looking high, I believe. And besides, she would be titled if her great-great-great grandmother hadn’t told Charles the Second to keep his hands to himself! Or, if you insist on the title, there’s Lady Lucinda Anstey—Stanford’s chit, you know. She’s held to be a very regal-looking girl. ” “Point ‘em out to me,” said Helford. “I thought to spend the Season looking about and courting here in town and then invite the girl and her mother to that house party I mentioned.

Eight years, isn’t it? ” His voice was studiedly light. Helford nodded slowly, remembering that roaring, smoking hell. “It probably was. Although I saw you much later in the day, I would doubt your having been in a condition to remember. Carstares was just heaving you on to your horse to have you led to the rear. ” Darleston smiled. “I still have Nero. ” His voice took on an oddly gentle cast and Helford looked at him sharply. His wife! Shouldn’t have thought he’d let a female near a horse that had stood over his fallen body in the heat of battle, let alone ride it.

Besides, it will be as well for us to spend some time together first. Make sure we don’t annoy each other too much. ” None of this gave George any comfort. There was no way Helford could get out of making the girl an offer if he spoke to Stanford. And he had little doubt that the offer would be accepted, if not with enthusiasm—for George could not imagine Lady Lucinda being so vulgar as to betray such a human emotion—then with dignified good breeding. ” No harm in that, he thought. Besides, if Lady Luck did happen to glance in the direction of Helford Place, she might just decide to meddle!

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