The Gilded Web (Web, Book 1) by Mary Balogh

By Mary Balogh

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

From one among America’s such a lot loved storytellers comes a vintage love story—the breathtaking story of a guy and a girl stuck in an internet of temptation and seduction.

All she sought after was once to flee the new, crowded London ballroom. yet moments after moving into the bitterly chilly evening, she is seized by way of a couple of sturdy palms and lively away. totally anticipating to be ravished, sheltered Alexandra Purnell as a substitute unearths herself on the mercy of the fellow who stored her from definite scandal. Edmund, Earl of Amberley, is daring and sensual, tempting Alexandra to be reckless for the 1st time in her lifestyles. yet as ardour ignites, Edmund’s provide of marriage takes Alexandra thoroughly via shock. Now a lady who craves her freedom especially else is set to find how some distance one guy will visit safeguard and own the lady he loves.…

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No women of his acquaintance would know how to wash a dish. "Thank you," he graciously said, "but to be perfectly honest, I don't want to take the time…" Chelsea understood immediately, for his voice had grown husky at the end and his vivid eyes held hers now in a familiar inviting look. "We could have some local people come in for a few hours a day. That wouldn't be too intrusive. " He grinned. " "I didn't want to appear… unladylike," Chelsea replied, setting her teacup aside, "but I… well… It's very hard to be near you for hours—the closeness of the carriage…" She stopped, not knowing how brazen she was allowed to be before even the infamous Duke of Seth might think her shameless.

Neither spoke for a lengthy moment, and then he smiled, that slow, lazy, heart-stopping smile. " Her hands were clenched at her sides, the cambric of her petticoat cool to her touch, her heart beginning to race. "Tell me the truth," he softly said, uncrossing his legs and rising from the chair, looking very tall in the low-ceilinged bedchamber. " She moved a step back. He stood very still, as though he knew he needn't move, as though he knew very well what her no meant. " His voice was low, conversational, without threat.

Chelsea had had a drink or two, but when the revels began to escalate, she was safer at home. Aware of Scots' appetite for whiskey, she knew that soon the brawls would start, or the challenges, and a young woman would only add to the trouble. " Mrs. Ma-caulay was already untying her apron strings, her eyes sparkling with joy. And within minutes, Chelsea was left alone. ________________________________________ Chapter 18 Hungry after an afternoon when she was too busy to consider food, Chelsea went into Mrs.

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