By Mary Balogh
Born a commoner, Hannah Reid has been Duchess of Dunbarton considering that she used to be nineteen years outdated. Now her husband is lifeless and, extra attractive than ever at thirty, Hannah has her freedom ultimately. To the surprise of a standard pal, she declares her goal to take a lover--and not only any lover, however the most threatening and scrumptious guy in all of upper-class England: Constantine Huxtable. Constantine's illegitimacy has denied him the name of earl, so now he denies himself not anything. Rumored to be dwelling the straightforward lifetime of a sensualist on his state property, he regularly chooses contemporary 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 detect that it isn't really easy to extricate oneself from the fires of desire--without getting singed.
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Somehow, right now, that seemed the greater humiliation. It’s not that, Uncle Ezra. It’s Deirdre. She’s been—I stopped myself, suddenly feeling choosy about what words to use. She’s been somewhat less than loyal. Ezra’s little round eyes opened to their fullest aperture. She’s fucking around? She’s doing that to you? I made a helpless gesture. Handing over to Ezra the raw materials of Deirdre’s behavior and letting him shape them according to his own understanding of the world was like asking a gangster to help you collect a debt—things were going to be a little rougher than you might prefer.
But remember, Avery, less is more, so keep it short. Everyone’s so terribly busy these days. Let’s make it easy on them. I wasn’t vain about my writing. To the people in charge of assignments, what I mainly had going for me was a reputation for never being late with my copy, and always remaining good-natured about being edited, no matter how severely. Even when radically altered pieces ran without the editor showing me the courtesy of checking the changed copy beforehand, I maintained an affable, professional air.
She stood motionless for a moment and then, before I could say anything, she rushed toward the bathroom and closed the door behind her. I heard the light click on in the bathroom, saw its diffuse glow leaking out from beneath the door. Then: the rodenty squeak of the sink’s faucets twisting open. The rush of water. The clatter of the toilet’s lid, hastily lifted, hitting against the tank. Through the white noise of the rushing water, I heard her voice, a small cracked suffering groan. I wondered if there were something I ought to do.
A Secret Affair (Huxtable Quintet, Book 5) by Mary Balogh