Ella Quinn’s bachelors in The Marriage Game series are charming and cunning when it comes to the ways of love–until the right woman captures their unsuspecting hearts. . .
Custom-made gowns. . .nights at the theater. . .and a host of eligible bachelors. Accustomed to living a quiet life in the Scottish Borderlands, Lady Serena Weir has never had any of these luxuries. But when Serena’s brother demands she finally have a Season in London, she’s thrust into a glamorous world she’s only dreamed of. . .
Robert, Viscount Beaumont, remembers all too well what it feels like to be in love. That is why he must keep his distance from Serena. He’s only felt his pulse stir the way it does now when he made the mistake of loving the wrong woman once before. Yet the more he strives to resist his feelings, the nearer he is to falling under Serena’s seductive spell. . .
Phoebe greeted Lord and Lady Rutherford as they were announced.
Anna kissed her cheek. “You look as if you have some plan afoot. What’s this about?”
Phoebe told her about Serena and her debut. “I’ve invited Serena to accompany us to the theater. Robert Beaumont will also be coming.”
Rutherford raised a brow. “How did you manage to convince Beaumont to be introduced to her? Hardly his type of lady.”
“Well,” Phoebe said, a little guiltily, “Robert doesn’t exactly know he’ll be meeting her, and she doesn’t know she will be meeting him.”
Rutherford’s expression became severe. “You’re playing a deep game using Beaumont.”
“The very reason I have not told Serena. I would not for the world see her hurt. They will either be attracted to each other or they will not. We shall see.”
Anna perched on a chair. “Phoebe, I like Robert very well as a friend, but his reputation, my dear. He reminds one of a butterfly taking a taste of each flower before moving on.”
Rutherford held a decanter of brandy suspended over a glass. “And how would you know?”
Waving her hand, Anna replied. “Gentlemen are not the only ones to know about certain reputations. I also know he is a favorite with many of the ton’s matrons.”
Her husband scowled. “Matrons whose husbands don’t know enough to keep them busy at home.”
Marcus handed Anna a glass of sherry. “Anna, if Serena were a widow, I’d join in your concern. But Robert’s conquests don’t run to gently bred, unmarried females.”
Anna looked unconvinced. “I hope you’re correct.”
Serena was announced and Phoebe moved to greet her and introduced Anna and Rutherford.
Marcus asked, “Serena, would you like a glass of sherry? It’s quite good. Or would you prefer a glass of wine?”
“A sherry, please.”
The ladies drew Serena into conversation about the upcoming Season. Marcus and Rutherford spoke in low voices several feet away.
“Phoebe is to be congratulated on her protégée,” Rutherford said. “She’s a beautiful girl. What’s her portion?”
Rutherford glanced at Serena. “Yes, I’m quite impressed. You’ll not have any problems marrying her off. If Beaumont doesn’t take the bait, someone else will.”
When the butler announced Robert, he stepped into the room and languidly surveyed the company. He smiled at the Rutherfords, but his attention was arrested by the lady he’d seen walking and on horseback. He had trouble catching his breath and even greater difficulty maintaining his countenance. He cast an experienced eye over her.
The lady wasn’t a young miss. Perhaps she was a widow. She was far lovelier than he’d thought she’d be. Her hair was dressed high, curls dropped and bounced around her shoulders from the loose top knot. One curl caressed her breast. He itched to twist that curl around his finger. Her rosy lips tilted up at the corners. What would it be like to kiss those lips? He intended to find out.
Phoebe took his arm and led him to the woman. “Lady Serena, may I present Robert, Viscount Beaumont.”
Lady Serena? Perhaps she’d been married to an untitled gentleman. He brought his attention back to Phoebe.
“Robert, Lady Serena is my cousin. Her brother is the Earl of Vere. This is Lady Serena’s first time in the metropolis. We’re introducing her to our particular friends as well as all the entertainments London has to offer.”
Brother? Not married or a widow and Phoebe’s cousin. Of all the bad luck, this was the worst. She was unavailable, and his senses refused to believe it.
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About the Author
Amazon bestselling author Ella Quinn’s studies and other jobs have always been on the serious side. Reading historical romances, especially Regencies, were her escape. Eventually her love of historical novels led her to start writing them..
She is married to her wonderful husband of twenty-nine years. They have a son and granddaughter, Great Dane and a Chartreux. After living in the South Pacific, Central America, North Africa, England and Europe, she and her husband decided to make St. Thomas, VI homeElla is a member of the Romance Writers of American, The Beau Monde and Hearts Across History. She is represented by Elizabeth Pomada of Larsen-Pomada Literary Agency, and published by Kensington. Her debut novel The Seduction of Lady Phoebe, was released in September 2013
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