Secrets of a Summer Night (The Wallflowers, Book 1)

By Lisa Kleypas

The Wallflowers

Four younger women along side the ballroom make a pact to assist one another locate husbands . . . it doesn't matter what it takes

Proud and lovely Annabelle Peyton may have her choose of suitors—if in simple terms she had a dowry. Her kinfolk is close to catastrophe, and the single means Annabelle can store them is to marry a prosperous guy. regrettably her so much continual admirer is the brash Simon Hunt, a good-looking and bold entrepreneur who desires her as his mistress.

Annabelle is set to withstand Simon's depraved propositions, yet she cannot deny her charm to the boldly seductive rogue, any further than he can withstand the problem she offers. As they fight to outmaneuver one another, they locate themselves surrendering to a love extra robust than they can have ever imagined. yet destiny can have different plans—and it's going to take all of Annabelle's braveness to stand a peril which could wreck every thing she holds dear.

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She had continuously identified that Simon Hunt didn’t belong within the upper-class circles within which he frequently moved. even if, until eventually this second it had now not happened to her that he was once equally misplaced on the earth that he had left at the back of. She puzzled if he was once sometimes lonely, or if he saved himself some distance too busy to recognize it. “I can consider few issues extra tangible than a five-ton locomotive engine,” she remarked, according to his final remark. He laughed, and reached for the pawn in her hand. yet by some means Annabelle couldn’t appear to permit pass of the ivory piece, and their arms tangled and held, whereas their gazes locked in detail. She used to be surprised by means of the radiant heat that flooded from her hand to her shoulder, then subtle via her whole physique. It was once like being under the influence of alcohol on sun, warmth spilling in streams of sensation, and in addition to the excitement got here the surprising, alarming strain in the back of her eyes that heralded tears. Bewildered, Annabelle jerked her hand again from his, the pawn clattering to the ground. “I’m sorry,” she stated with an unsteady snigger, unexpectedly terrified of what may perhaps ensue if she stayed on my own with him any further. She stood clumsily and moved clear of the desk. “I-I’ve simply discovered that I’m very drained …the wine turns out to have affected me in the end. I should still return to my room. i believe there's nonetheless considerable time so that you can socialize with each person downstairs, so your night hasn’t been totally wasted. thanks for the dinner, and the song, and—” “Annabelle. ” Hunt moved with speedy grace, coming to face prior to her along with his palms at her waist. He regarded down at her, an inquiring frown tugging at his darkish brows. “You’re now not fearful of me, are you? ” he murmured. She shook her head dumbly. “Then why the unexpected rush to go away? ” there have been countless methods she may have responded, yet in the intervening time she might summon no subtlety, wit, or any demeanour of verbal agility. She may in simple terms solution with the bluntness of a mallet strike. “I …don’t wish this. ” “This? ” “I’m not likely to develop into your mistress. ” She hesitated, and acknowledged in a whisper, “I can do higher. ” Hunt thought of the bald assertion with nice care, his steadying arms ultimate at her waist. “Do you suggest that you should locate anyone to marry,” he eventually requested, “or is it that you simply intend to develop into the mistress of an aristocrat? ” “It doesn’t subject, does it? ” Annabelle muttered, pushing clear of the aid of his palms. “Neither state of affairs consists of you. ” even if she refused to examine him, she felt his gaze on her, and he or she shivered because the glow of heat light thoroughly from her physique. “I’ll take you again on your room,” Hunt stated, with out emotion, and he observed her to the door. bankruptcy sixteen whilst Annabelle rejoined the site visitors the following morning, she was once heartened to find that her come across with the adder had earned loads of sympathy from every person, together with Lord Kendall. displaying an excellent measure of sensitivity and situation, Kendall sat with Annabelle at a late-morning breakfast held al fresco at the again terrace.

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