A Secret Affair (Huxtable Quintet, Book 5) by Mary Balogh

By Mary Balogh

Born a commoner, Hannah Reid has been Duchess of Dunbarton considering the fact that she was once nineteen years previous. Now her husband is useless and, extra appealing than ever at thirty, Hannah has her freedom eventually. To the surprise of a standard pal, she publicizes her goal to take a lover--and not only any lover, however the most deadly and scrumptious guy in all of upper-class England: Constantine Huxtable. Constantine's illegitimacy has denied him the identify of earl, so now he denies himself not anything. Rumored to be dwelling the straightforward lifetime of a sensualist on his kingdom property, he constantly chooses fresh widows for his short-lived affairs. Hannah will healthy the invoice well. yet as soon as those passionate and scandalous figures locate one another, they realize that it isn't really easy to extricate oneself from the fires of desire--without getting singed.

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The admission surprised her. In spite of his display of some characteristics she associated with age, she’d noticed he moved with the grace of a much younger man. “I can still perform my duties, ma’am,” he said staunchly. Regret stabbed her. “Of course you can. ” Impulsively she reached forward and placed her hand over his. ” He withdrew his hand politely. ” “When things are more settled, you can see about a cook to take over those duties from Mrs. Miller. ” She shook her head. ” There was a distinct grim note in Gordon’s voice and Delia fought back a grin.

Then he’d insisted on going to her family. There was a great deal of hell to pay through the rest of that interminably long day. Her father and brothers grim-faced and threatening, and her mother weeping and throwing herself about in fits of despair over the impending scandal of a spur-of-the-moment marriage between an Effington and that . . that . . man. How said marriage was in total opposition to the order of things, and how it could not end in anything but disaster. Then there was Cassie’s obvious hurt at having been excluded from any knowledge of her sister’s ruinous adventure.

Anthony Artemis Gordon St. Stephens, the new Viscount St. Stephens, had been in countless awkward and dangerous situations through the years, but none quite as irritating as this one. He could handle himself under the most dire of conditions, but the behavior of a properly trained butler was not in his repertoire. Perhaps if the servants of his childhood in his father’s house had not been quite so well trained he would at least have been more aware of their activities, although he doubted it. He had not been overly perceptive as a child.

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