By Liz Carlyle

From the grandeur of regency Mayfair to the darkish possibility of London's East finish, Liz Carlyle sweeps you away with a robust tale of a love born opposed to all odds, as an honorable younger widow stands speedy opposed to the cynical rogue who turns out made up our minds to devour her, middle and soul.
A lady of Virtue
within the lonely months on account that her husband's dying, Cecilia Lorimer has hidden her vacancy via devoting herself to a charity challenge for the unlucky girls of London's slums. but if the speeding Lord Delacourt takes regulate, she feels an uncharacteristic urge to escape. simply six years past, Delacourt had confirmed himself to be the immoral rake society referred to as him, approximately ruining her popularity within the cut price.
it truly is whispered that the womanizing Delacourt is useless, vindictive, and cruel. yet he is a guy who honors his wagers -- and one consequence lands him in his brother-in-law's godforsaken venture, face-to-face with the lady who has lengthy haunted his goals. whilst treachery closes in, in basic terms he understands the way to safeguard Cecilia from the results of her personal ideas. Can a profligate knave convince a virtuous lady that he's priceless of her belief -- and her love?

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Cecilia didn't face up to, and merely then did he really relish the toll which her daring act with Angeline had taken. Cecilia should be bold, however it used to be no longer, accurately, her nature to be so. as a consequence, doubtless she’d performed what she inspiration useful. yet now, in his fingers, she trembled. simply then, Cecilia drew a protracted, shuddering breath opposed to his shirtfront and permit her hands—those ideal, candy hands—slide up his again. the truth that she wore gloves, and that his naked pores and skin used to be coated by way of 3 layers of Bond highway tailoring, by no means mitigated the excitement which coursed via him. And her subsequent phrases weren't precious. “David,” she acknowledged quietly, “while we wait, will you are making like to me? ” “No. ” He acknowledged the notice firmly and speedily, his eyes taking within the tawdry room, the wall hung with whips and ropes. Cecilia learned immediately what David was once considering. He concept her too natural, too blameless. He nonetheless observed her as Lord Walrafen’s virginal spouse, now not as she used to be: a girl with wishes and wishes. a lady who used to be willing—no, eager—to tips on how to provide and obtain actual excitement. and because David’s sexual appetites have been maybe too subtle to be happy via anyone’s virginal spouse, Cecilia must develop into one of these lady who might carry his curiosity long term. and he or she may do it. progressively, she held his gaze, prepared herself to prevent shaking. “Don’t deal with me as though I have been a toddler, David,” she acknowledged quietly. “If final evening was once adequate for you, then say so. but when now not, don’t make me play the blameless. I’m now not. now not in any respect that concerns. ” David gave a delicate, exasperated hiss from among his enamel. “I don’t be aware of what you’re conversing about,” he insisted. “I want us to be lovers,” she clarified. “There. i've got acknowledged it. Now, you could settle for my supply, otherwise you may well snicker in my face as you opt. All I ask is if you settle for, you provide me the courtesy of your constancy till you tire of me. ” “Oh? ” David’s expression darkened, and his mouth grew to become up right into a sneer. “And the place we could behavior this illicit liaison? ” he demanded, shedding his arms and turning clear of her. “Am I to return for your domestic and strut approximately as though I had paid for it? as though I had paid for you? regardless of his sour tone, it used to be at base an affordable query. Cecilia had by no means thought of the how and the place of her supply. sure, she was once a widow, and entitled to a few ethical range. nonetheless, the idea of exciting him in her domestic gave her pause. And David . . . good, David lived along with his mom and sister. That was once worse. at the least her servants have been dependable and discreet. yet all of sudden, she learned that if David couldn't be persuaded to wed her, she could most probably by no means marry back. hence, she didn't have a pristine attractiveness to take care of. “Yes,” she acknowledged all at once. He spun approximately on one heel and checked out her. “Yes, you'll come to my home,” Cecilia firmly clarified. “I will be not at all ashamed to have my organization with you recognized. ” within the blink of a watch, he had closed the gap among them. “Perhaps you need to be, you fool,” he growled, taking her by means of the shoulders and giving her an exceptional, fast shake.

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