An exclusive excerpt of Chapter 2 from Lavinia Kent's Mastering the Marquess (July 29, 2014) is available on Heroes and Heartbreakers to members. Please log in or register to read the full excerpt...
The time has come for the widow Louisa, Lady Brookingston, to move on, but she refuses to remarry at the cost of shaming her late husband’s memory. Their six years together were wedded bliss—even if a war injury prevented him from fulfilling his marital duties. Only one woman can help Louisa: Madame Rouge, the discreet proprietress of a club where London’s elite explore their wildest fantasies.
Geoffrey, the Marquess of Swanston, has no intention of agreeing to deflower an anonymous virgin. But when Madame Rouge tempts him with the absolute power he’ll have over a woman who knows nothing of carnal delights, he’s intrigued. Control is the one thing he cannot resist—and control is what he loses during his night with the blindfolded beauty. He longs to take her further, to leave his mark upon her perfect behind, but the mystery woman refuses to see him again. Instead Geoffrey reluctantly agrees to take a wife, the widow of his dear friend, Lord Brookingston—fating them both to a wicked surprise.
The Marquess of Swanston reclined in the wing chair, one leg tossed carelessly over the side. Slipping a hand into his pocket, he pulled out a small set of green enamel ben wa balls and began to spin them in his hand, making sure they did not click together. The antique set had been the gift of his good friend the Earl of Duldon after a visit to the Far East, and he’d fallen into the habit of playing with it whenever he was bored—or wished to appear so.
He was not pleased to be here. Not pleased at all. He had been surprised when the message was delivered and now was even more surprised that he’d chosen to come. His last experience in this establishment had left a sour taste in his mouth.
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