Flash forward seven years later. Ignoring the clenching in the pit of her stomach, Cassandra nodded once. Since penning an etiquette book for young ladies, Cassandra has learned that happy endings are not guaranteed--even for those who follow society's rules to perfection. Still, Malvey is not without promise, and I could easily see her books getting better with time. He should have been more proper.
The marriage turns out to be disastrous. Lady Darwood nodded in satisfaction. Praying she didn't find anyone suitable, Bryce found himself remaining by her side, trying to devise a method to escape Lady Perth's unwanted assistance. Instead, he'd pulled her onto the dance floor and into his arms as if she were a sack of potatoes to be tossed about at his will. It shows how following a path set for us by others or one that we trod, without benefit of wise counsel, can both be disastrous. He offers her a marriage proposal almost immediately.
Besides, marrying a lady who would harp at me is hardly my desire. Sincepenning an etiquette book for young ladies, Cassandra has learned thathappy endings are not guaranteed -- even for those who follow society'srules to perfection. A lady such as Cassandra Abbott would encourage you to turn from your vices. She refused to exchange insults with the cur. All pages are intact, and the cover is intact.
Though he might enjoy annoying his father and brother, making them bluster at his antics, Bryce hated to cause that look of bewildered hurt to settle into his mother's eyes. Bryce Keene, Duke of Amberville, is in a bind. But until that time, I refuse to listen to any advice you offer. Possible writing in margins, possible underlining and highlighting of text, but no missing pages or anything that would compromise the legibility or understanding of the text. For Cassandra, the very proper young lady that she was, obediently married the aging duke of her parents choice, and led a life of quiet hell at his hands; while Bryce defied his parents and married the very wild and exciting Lady Francesca Milford, who made Bryce a laughingstock in the ton's eyes with her numerous affairs. After all, how could she marry a man who repulsed her with his shaking hands, wrinkled skin, and fouled breath? The author lends tremendous insight into the revelation of having made bad choices and the willingness to start over. A book with obvious wear.
Lady Cassandra Abbott wants to be the proper English lady. And it would be her last, Cassandra vowed, as she left the room. Leaning down, she whispered into his ear. Pulling her an inch closer, he grinned wickedly at her. The devil had prodded him into replying for her. Surely her parents, who were older and wiser, knew what was best for her.
Lord, if that was all her mother heard in her voice, she'd managed to hide the panic overwhelming her. Tearing herself from Lord Towle's grasp, she stood facing him in the midst of the dancing couples. A solution presents itself when Bryce becomes reacquainted with lady Cassandra Abbott. Bryce and Cassandra spend their days trying to outwit each other. On hearing that the widowed Cassandra is back in town, and knowing of her reputation for proper behaviour, Byrce hits upon the notion of marrying Cassandra in order to provide his niece, Elaina, with the right kind of role model. When together, the plot is just what sub-genre fans want from their novels. Married to an older person, Cassandra is a paragon that debutantes and other aristocrats can copy.
A small gasp broke from Lady Cassandra, but she allowed him to finish kissing her hand. As quickly as her mask had slipped, Lady Cassandra smoothed out her features. The time taken to work their relationship out lets these two people get to know, appreciate and love each other. Also, Bryce's brother dies, leaving him the family title of duke and a headstrong niece. I shall marry well, have children, enjoy a life of privilege and social acceptance, then slip quietly into old age with grace. Lord Bryce's offer is enticing indeed, but Cassandra will not risk her heart without concocting fifty-six provisions for marital harmony that Bryce will wish he had read in full! But Bryce is about to discover that not all is as it appears. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less.
Hell, she'd probably been raised to believe a rake would carry her off to slake his lust without so much as a by-your-leave. Bending down to place a kiss upon the kid glove covering her hand, Bryce couldn't resist the urge to bedevil her. He craves excitement, and his choice of a bride reflects this. An inappropriate giggle rose to her lips as she imagined her mother's reaction if she were to fall onto the bed in a dead faint. Settle in for an exhilarating battle of wits between a man who is becoming more proper and a woman who is learning the value of breaking some of society's harsh rules. Like all missish society debutantes, she'd been taught from birth to avoid men like him.
She even writes a ladies' etiquette handbook for other young ladies. Suddenly, he became aware of someone tapping him on the shoulder. The girl needs the influence of a true and gentle lady. Then they finally consummate their marriage, and the book begins to fall flat. Bryce knew when his mother asked him that she half-expected him to disappoint her, but for some odd reason he didn't want to prove her right. Still, years of good breeding overcame her fears. To whom do you refer? A daring lady turns English propriety on its ear in Victoria Malvey's witty and delightful novel of love's surprising twists.
This time, he couldn't hold back his shudder. As this strong-willed couple barters and negotiates their way to truehappiness, they uncover a blissful union that is far too passionate tobe called proper. Lord Bryce Keene wants to ignore society's rules. He gaily flits from one affair to the next, but settles on and marries an exciting, exotic beauty. Bryce finds out Cassandra's circumstances, makes an offer and draws up a contract. But first she must find a husband for Elizabeth. Cassandra wondered, yet she held her tongue.