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By Mary Balogh

Mary Balogh has no equivalent in terms of shooting the advanced, impossible to resist passions among women and men. Her vintage novel, The mystery Pearl, is one in all the ny Times bestselling author’s finest–a story of temptation and seduction, of guarded hearts and uncooked emotion…and of a love so robust it's going to take your breath away….

He first spies her within the shadows outdoor a London theatre, a fantastic creature pressured to negotiate her physique to outlive.

To the lady recognized easily as Fleur, the well-dressed gentleman with the enthralling eyes is an not going savior. And while she takes the stranger to her mattress, she by no means expects to determine him back. yet then Fleur accepts a place as governess to a tender girl…and is surprised to find that her hour of darkness lover is a robust nobleman. As cautious hearts ignite–and the specter of scandal hovers over them–one query is still: will she be mistress or spouse?

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He strapped her trunk securely to the again of the carriage. “The Duke of Ridgeway? There needs to be a few mistake. i used to be employed as governess to the daughter of a Mr. and Mrs. Kent,” Fleur acknowledged. “Lady Pamela Kent, ma’am,” the groom stated, extending a hand to assist her into the carriage. “Mr. Houghton was once it who employed you? His grace’s own secretary. He should have been having a comic story with you. ” A funny story. Fleur sat within the carriage whereas the groom climbed to the field, and closed her eyes in short. Her service provider was once the Duke of Ridgeway? She had heard of him. He was once reputed to be one of many wealthiest friends of the land. Matthew had recognized his half-brother, Lord Thomas Kent. Kent! She had now not even spotted that it was once an analogous identify. She must have performed. She must have been greatly extra on her shield. Matthew knew her employer’s brother! yet she had by no means met the guy herself. And he wouldn't realize her or comprehend her identify now that she had replaced it. She must never begin leaping at shadows. Willoughby corridor. Mr. Houghton had on condition that identify because the domestic of her agency. however the brain is an odd factor. She had conceived any such powerful and early psychological effect of the Kent kinfolk that she had immediately visualized a modest manor. yet she knew of Willoughby. It was once one of many greatest estates in England and used to be reputed to have essentially the most very good mansions and parks within the kingdom, in addition to. after which, lengthy sooner than her brain had adjusted itself to the recent proof of her lifestyles, the carriage was once touring prior a excessive park wall dotted with mosses and lichens and overhung with ivy, and turning to move among great stone gateposts onto a winding street covered with lime bushes. She might see rolling lawns dotted with oak and chestnut timber to both sides. She even had a non permanent glimpse of a gaggle of grazing deer. Then the carriage rumbled over a bridge and he or she noticed dashing cascades passing less than it. yet whilst she grew to become her head to get a greater glance, her consciousness used to be distracted. The lime timber didn't stretch past the bridge. Open and rolling lawns did not anything to hinder the view of a mansion whose beauty made the breath trap in Fleur’s throat. the home had a protracted entrance, its low wings extending to each side of a excessive pedimented valuable part, its columns of beautiful fluted Corinthian layout. a superb important lantern and dome rose at the back of the pediment. The parapets have been covered with stone statues, busts, vases, and urns. an exceptional marble fountain prior to the home performed between clipped hedges and terraces of vegetation and greenery. She had idea Heron condo, her personal home—Matthew’s home—quite best suited. it can appear little greater than a country cottage if set in contrast. rather a lot for her comfortable manor and small, close-knit relations workforce, Fleur concept, resting her head in brief opposed to the cushions in the back of her because the carriage drew up prior to the marble horseshoe steps major as much as the most doorways and the piano nobile, the most flooring. however it used to be the double doorways under the stairs that opened to confess her, the doorways resulting in the servants’ quarters.

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