A Courtesan's Scandal (Scandalous 3) by Julia London

By Julia London

Kate Bergeron is the gorgeous and mysterious former mistress of a material merchant...and the most recent good looks to catch the curiosity of the Prince of Wales. Mired in a disastrous divorce, the Prince makes an attempt to distract realization from his subsequent amorous pursuit by means of ordering Grayson Christopher, the eligible Duke of Darlington, to fake to London society that he is having an affair with Kate. while Grayson reluctantly consents to his Prince's call for, he unearths the girl not more keen than he's. Kate will grudgingly act the half in public, yet her favors usually are not on the market to any guy. As Grayson and Kate mimic ardor for the realm to work out, they locate what begun as a deception changing into all too genuine. And whilst ardour flames into love, their problem turns into severe. For whereas marriage among a duke and a courtesan may by no means ensue, Kate is aware in her middle that she is keen to simply accept not anything less....

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Perhaps his mistress needed him. Kate hoped he’d leave soon—she had no desire to speak to him. The pianist took his place at the pianoforte. He held up a delicate hand to the other musicians, made a downward sweeping motion, and the music began. Kate lost all interest in the Duke of Darlington at that moment, as she was transported with the first note. The music was magically beautiful; she marveled at the skill required to seduce such notes from an instrument. The dulcet tones washed over her, filling her mind with impossible dreams of love in springtime, of contentment in winter, of faeries and maidens and princely heroes, and cottages in dense forests with a milk cow and two pigs.

She frowned slightly. “This one does not sit on the palate as it ought,” she said. “Miss Bergeron, I am taking my leave,” Darlington said. “Very well,” she responded as she examined the other selections on the table. ” He glanced uncomfortably around them. ” She gave him a look that suggested he knew precisely what she meant. “Do not take me for a fool, Your Grace,” she said quietly. “I don’t believe the prince summoned me here to cultivate my appreciation of music. ” But Darlington’s gaze narrowed.

With her life, really—for if Millie were ever to turn on her, she could ruin Diana. Lord Eustis would never forgive her for having an affair, especially as she had not provided him the heir he so desperately wanted. That Millie had the power to ruin everything was something Diana could not forget, and even now, as frustrated as she was with Grayson’s absence, with Millie’s failure to stay near the door when she was most needed, Diana checked herself. “I beg your pardon, Millie,” she said. ” “You should take a bit of laudanum for it, mu’um,” Millie said frostily.

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