After years of dangerous fighting on the Peninsula, Captain Jack Carrington has returned home to take up family duties and find himself a wife. But his life is thrown into turmoil when he views a fencing lesson unlike any other. The talented student is no student at all, but a beautiful young woman, and the most infamous courtesan in all of London--Lady Belle.
Who is the mysterious Belle? A jaded cyprian seeking her next protector? A kind friend helping those in need? Or a mistress of sensual delights that tempt a man to madness? Eager to uncover the true woman behind the facade, Jack wagers he can win a kiss from Belle if he bests her at fencing. And though Belle is a woman he can neither afford to keep nor dare to marry, he's willing to risk it all to win her to his bed.
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|Title of Romance eBook: The Courtesan|
|Release Date: 05-01-2009|
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|Publisher: HQN Books||Store Sales Rank: 16066|
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"C'MON, JACK! You used to be game for any lark!"
Jack Carrington, captain in the 1st Foot Guards, peered over a stack of half-unpacked linen at the young dandy accosting him from his doorway. "I'm happy to see you, too, Aubrey, and while I appreciate the flattering enthusiasm for my company which led you to hunt me down before breakfast, I'm not interested in going anywhere. I didn't reach London until late last night, and as you can see, I've yet to settle into my rooms. Can this excursion not wait?"
Receiving the rebuff with no noticeable dimming of his enthusiasm, Aubrey Ludlowe crossed the room and, pushing aside Jack's portmanteau, poured himself some ale from the flagon on the desk. "Can't wait. Besides, why unpack? Leave it for your man."
"I sent my batman to rejoin his family as soon as we landed and haven't yet had time to find a replacement."
Aubrey waved his hand. "Let your new man attend to it after you hire him. The lesson begins shortly, and if we do not arrive soon, all the best seats will be taken."
Surprised, Jack swallowed his ale in a gulp. "You want to drag me away at barely past dawn to watch a lesson?
Since when did you develop such enthusiasm for education? Not while we were at Oxford, to be sure!"
Aubrey set his mug down with a thump, his expression affronted. "Tisn't a matter of some rubbishy book-learning! Nay, "tis more important than that. Indeed, "tis the most important thing going on now in London, what with the Season not yet begun. Every gentleman of note will be present. Stands to reason there must be a decision soon, and good friend that I am, I don't wish you to miss having a chance."<...