By Julianne MacLean
Clara Wilson has come all of the technique to London to transparent her identify (after her wilfulness has left her really unweddable around the ocean). yet earlier than she even has an opportunity to guidance her curtsey, she stumbles into the palms of Seger Wolfe, Marquess of Rawdon. Clara hasn't ever felt love sooner than, yet she has doubtless whilst she meets the Marquess that this can be what it seems like. Too undesirable love is the very last thing on her mind—she's the following to discover a husband, no longer a rake.
Every strong gossip understands that the notoriously prosperous Marquess enjoyed and misplaced years in the past, and few have overlooked the way in which his damaged middle drove him from society ballrooms into society girls' bedrooms. but if he meets the lost Clara Wilson at one of many town's ever-so-scandalous mystery balls, the need he feels for her is simply too robust, and it pulls him again into the swirl of aristocratic London. Now he unearths himself competing for the center of the beside the point good looks, and risking his personal center within the video game.
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He supposed he had needed a closer look. Quintina stabbed the paper with her long, bony finger. “It’s all there in black and white. Read it yourself. An- AN AFFAIR MOST WICKED 35 other tart with obnoxious manners and objectionable breeding has arrived with trunkloads of American dollars, hoping to become one of us. Pox on her. She’s a trollop, like all the rest. ” Seger reached for the open paper, barely listening to his stepmother ranting openly about the Americans. He had learned to ignore her tirades in that regard—ever since that cocksure Californian had purchased her parents’ family home after her father died.
Sophia sighed and leaned in to whisper close to Clara’s ear. “This country is different from ours. ” Clara immediately thought of her sister’s own marriage. ” “Absolutely not. James was different from the rest. ” Clara considered this. If she herself married an Englishman who was later unfaithful, would she even be capable of ignoring it? She had been brought up with a radically different ideal, as all American girls were, with a Puritan attitude toward adultery as a Scarlet Letter sin. They entered the crimson and gold drawing room, where elegant chintz fabrics covered all the chairs and AN AFFAIR MOST WICKED 49 chaises as well as the windows, and the walls were painted scarlet with gilt crown moldings.
You can’t take a risk like that. What would Mrs. ” “You could be my chaperone, Sophia. We could go just for an hour or so. ” “I couldn’t go to a Cakras Ball without James, nor would I even want to be seen there without him. People might presume we are inconstant. ” “We could wear wigs and put on English accents. ” “Have you lost your senses? Even if we did manage to get there without anyone knowing, what are the odds that you would see this particular man again? ” “Can’t we try? I must know who he is—a name at least.