From the Publisher
In this enticing new romance ripe with sensuality and wit, New
York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh proves that comfort
is no match for passion when a stuffy gentleman becomes the object
of desire of an adoring and spirited young woman.
THE SECRET MISTRESS
While Lady Angeline Dudley's pedigree dictates that she must land a
titled gentleman, the irrepressible beauty secretly longs for a
simple, ordinary suitor. No wild rakes like the men of her family,
just a kind heart and good nature. So when Edward Ailsbury, the new
Earl of Heyward, rescues her with unmatched civility from the
advances of a scoundrel, Angeline thinks that she has found her
true love. Persuading the earl is another matter entirely.
Edward has his future neatly mapped out. He hopes to wed his
steadfast companion, a woman who shares his values of loyalty,
respect, and decorum. But arriving in London to take his seat in
the House of Lords, he is derailed by Angeline, an exquisite bird
of paradise seemingly devoted to sending his predictable life into
From the brilliant hues of her fashion to her hoydenish antics,
Angeline is the last woman on earth for Edward. And yet a stolen
kiss in the moonlight awakens something deep and primal within him.
Naturally, being a gentleman, he does the right thing after
compromising a lady: He offers marriage.
Angeline knows that Edward's proposal is born of duty, not love.
But denying something so provocative and passionate is easier said
than done. Deep down, Angeline believes that Edward's dedication to
convention will melt behind closed doors, where sensuality and
seduction play wicked games. For a proper wife by day can become a
husband's secret mistress by night, when delicious desire rules.
About the Author
Mary Balogh is the New York Times
bestselling author of numerous books, including the acclaimed
Slightly and Simply novels and her Huxtable series: First Comes
Marriage, Then Comes Seduction, At Last Comes Love, Seducing an
Angel, and A Secret Affair. A former teacher, she
grew up in Wales and now lives in Canada.
About the Book
From the "New York Times"-bestselling author of "A Secret Affair" comes the long-awaited prequel in her Mistress series, featuring Lady Angeline Dudley, who is expected to find a rich husband but who would prefer a simple, ordinary man.
Published: July 26, 2011
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0385343310
ISBN - 13: 9780385343312