When Isabella, the Countess of Huntleigh, returns to England after fifteen years roaming the globe with her husband, an elderly diplomat, she finds herself in a locale more perilous than any in her travels—the Court of King George IV. As the newly elevated Earl and Countess settle into an unfamiliar life in London, this shy, not-so-young lady faces wicked agendas, society’s censure, and the realities of a woman soon to be alone in England.
Unaccustomed to the ways of the beau monde, she is disarmed and deceived by a dissolute duke and a noble French émigré with a silver tongue. Hindered by the meddling of her dying husband, not to mention the King himself, Bella must decide whether to choose one of her fascinating new suitors or the quiet country life she has searched the world to find.
Nick didn’t take up with a man’s wife every Season. On occasion, he engaged a paid companion or keep a mistress in the demi-monde, but he seduced men’s spouses often enough to be known for it. With no inclination toward marriage, logic dictated he choose women who would never ask it of him. His lovers were always worldly, with plenty to lose and no intention of losing it. He would rather remove his own feet with a penknife than dance with anyone in the marriage mart.
The coterie of women circling his sister was becoming unruly. Girls laughed aloud against their mother’s whispered admonishments; dowagers made half-accurate pronouncements about Nick’s lifetime of debauchery; the female yammering became so noisy Nick could almost hear the married women and widows discussing the cut of his breeches. He was surprised none of the hostesses had made her displeasure known, though Lady Sefton was eying him with an unquestionable glower and the orchestra had increased in volume.
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Mariana Gabrielle is a pseudonym for Mari Christie, a mainstream historical and Regency romance writer. She is also a professional writer, editor, and graphic designer with twenty years’ experience and a Bachelor’s in Writing from the University of Colorado Denver, summa cum laude. She lives in Denver, Colorado with two kittens who have no respect at all for writing time.