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Can he idiot his new family?
John Fitzhugh Barrett, shocked to profit he's inheritor to a marquessate, is set his new prestige will not suggest giving up his freedom. yet as households from in every single place England descend upon Somerfield Park for the capturing season, their single daughters are lining as much as bag the most recent trophy buck-him.

Or is he merely fooling himself?
John's intuition for self-preservation evokes him to divide his attentions among a scandalous younger widow, and the adequately ineligible Rebecca Kearsey, daughter of a destitute baron.

The charade offers John the appearance of controlling the sport but if he loses his middle to the attractive Rebecca, all bets are off.

Praise for A Rake by means of the other Name:
"Marlowe shines with a pleasant and scrumptious comedy of errors...Regency enthusiasts will love this page-turner." -RT publication Reviews, four stars

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The room may possibly besides be positioned to take advantage of by way of an individual who wanted it, instead of left to assemble dirt. yet he was once cautious to not proportion those sentiments with Mr. Hightower. “Why do you must understand Lord Hartley’s whereabouts? ” “I’ve a message for him. ” Toby did not point out that the message was once from the Cook’s helper. It wasn’t his fault if Mr. Hightower assumed it was once from the esteemed dowager marchioness. “Very good. carry the message after which nip again to the breakfast room. girl Sophie isn't really one to linger over her plate if she’s now not protecting courtroom at a whole desk. ” Getting prior the butler was once something. Broaching the topic of the habit of 1 of his lordship’s visitors, a visitor who used to be most likely certainly one of Lord Hartley’s bosom acquaintances, with the longer term marquess himself used to be a way more daunting prospect. “I’d greater get one other hug for this. in reality, a kiss wouldn't be past reason,” Toby muttered as he rapped softly at the learn door. At Lord Hartley’s order to “Come,” Toby marched into the room and, with as a lot self assurance as he might muster, embarked on the telling of what Theresa had visible in the course of the crack within the gallery door. Toby used to be, after all, cautious to depart her identify out of it. If a person used to be going to come back to grief over this breach of protocol, he’d ensure it might be him. yet as soon as Toby entire, Lord Hartley didn’t scold him for spying on Somerfield Park’s site visitors or query the truthfulness of Toby’s account. It used to be virtually as though Lord Hartley had identified concerning the incident already and Toby used to be purely confirming the evidence of the problem. “I’d considered asking Mr. Porter to assist me take care of this challenge, yet now that i feel on it, he may not be the best option. Don’t misunderstand me. i believe the area and all of Porter, yet he’s the fearful sort,” Lord Hartley stated, last the heavy publication at the table prior to him. “You, despite the fact that, usually are not. How sturdy are you together with your palms, Toby? ” “Sir? ” “Could you act as a valet? ” Toby straightened to his complete top. used to be Lord Hartley approximately to advertise him? He by no means anticipated to be rewarded like this. “I’ve now not informed as one, yet I daresay i'll upward thrust to the celebration. ” “More to the purpose, are you able to choose a pocket? ” “My lord? ” possibly Lord Hartley didn’t intend to present him in any case. “What I suggest is, are you quickly adequate of hand to boost whatever from someone’s individual with no their wisdom? ” “I gather what a pickpocket is, sir. ” A bead of sweat slid down his backbone. Toby had lived hand-to-mouth as a lad, and if he hadn’t been light-fingered infrequently, his belly could were knocking on his spine regular-like. one way or the other, Lord Hartley should have heard approximately his less-than-stellar previous and was once utilizing this chance to reveal him as undeserving to paintings at Somerfield Park. yet his lordship’s face held no censure, simply sincere inquisitiveness. Toby determined to hazard the reality. “Yes, your lordship. if you would like a pocket picked, I’m your guy. ” “Good. Then here’s what i need you to do. ” * * * No quicker had Toby left than girl Somerset the elder seemed within the doorway of the marquess’s learn.

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