From the moment he spies Lady Morgan Bedwyn across the glittering ballroom, Gervase Ashford, Earl of Rosthorn, knows he has found the perfect instrument of his revenge. But wedlock is not on the mind of the continent's most notorious rake. Nor is it of interest to the fiercely independent Lady Morgan herselfuntil one night of shocking intimacy ...
From the moment he spies Lady Morgan Bedwyn across the glittering ballroom, Gervase Ashford, Earl of Rosthorn, knows he has found the perfect instrument of his revenge. But wedlock is not on the mind of the continent's most notorious rake. Nor is it of interest to the fiercely independent Lady Morgan herselfuntil one night of shocking intimacy erupts in a scandal that could make Gervase's vengeance all the sweeter. There is only one thing standing in his way: Morgan, who has achieved the impossible -she's melted his coolly guarded heart. For Gervase, only the marriage bed will do, but Morgan simply will not have him. Thus begins a sizzling courtship where two wary hearts are about to be undone by the most scandalous passion of all: all-consuming love. Slightly Tempted is part of Mary Balogh's Regency-set Slightly series, following the adventures of the Bedwyn family.
Publishers Weekly, 2003-12-01 The newest entry in romance veteran Balogh's Bedwyn family series (Slightly Married, etc.) takes a serious turn when 18-year-old Morgan, the duke of Bedwyn's youngest sibling, finds herself in the midst of a war zone looking for her brother Alleyne, who disappeared during the Battle of Waterloo. When Morgan's host family flees Brussels, she stays behind to nurse soldiers and seek news of Alleyne. She finds an unexpected friend and ally in rakish Gervase Ashford, the earl of Rosthorn. Unbeknownst to Morgan, Gervase bears a longstanding grudge against her eldest brother, the duke, and is plotting to hurt him through her. His plan changes, however, when he finds himself coming to know and like her. Once Alleyne is presumed dead, Gervase escorts her back to England, even though he's a far from suitable chaperone. There, the relationship takes a series of entertaining turns as disgrace threatens to catch up with Morgan, and she, learning the truth about Gervase's original intention, vows to exact her own form of vengeance on him. Morgan's many eloquent speeches on the senselessness of war can be tedious, but she is refreshingly mature and self-possessed for her age. Once again, Balogh has penned an entrancing, unconventional yarn that should expand her following. (Jan.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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