By Barbara Dawson Smith
this is often the tale of ways I, a penniless upstart, grew to become a countess.
I by no means got down to be the heroine in a romantic story of derring-do. As a spinster of five-and-twenty, i used to be a lot too functional to visualize myself monitoring a deadly legal or falling prey to ardent nonsense. Nor did I ever envision myself coming into the gilded ballrooms of society the place indolent aristocrats nibbled cake and traded gossip. yet that was once earlier than my father used to be wrongfully imprisoned as a jewel thief.
made up our minds to discover the genuine legal, I posed as an impoverished widow and secured a publish within the grand family of a noble relations - the very relations that had cruelly solid out my mom a long time in the past. after all, they knew no longer who i used to be. To them, i used to be only a servant, an invisible hireling. And little did i do know, my bold plan might throw me into the trail of Simon Croft, the almighty Earl of Rockford.
boastful, captivating, and too good-looking for his personal stable, he may need walked immediately off a pedestal in a museum. I had little need for this type of rogue, but from the instant of our first assembly, he tempted my unruly middle. and shortly, he threatened my schemes besides, for Simon had secrets and techniques of his own….
--Claire, the Countess of Rockford
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He was allowing himself to be ruled by pride and emotion, which he had sworn never to do. Yet he found himself grasping Lady Rosabel’s arm again. “I’ll escort her inside. ” Mrs. Brownley held her ground. They stood on either side of Lady Rosabel, glaring at each other, both too obstinate to back down. He had the ridiculous image of them pulling at the girl like two children quarreling over a rocking horse. He could only imagine what an unfavorable impression he must be making on Lady Rosabel. But she wasn’t paying attention to him.
He was getting too old for such nonsense. He turned to Lady Rosabel, only to see Clara Brownley murmur something in her ear. The girl flashed a wide-eyed glance at Simon, then scampered up the steps and vanished into the house. Mrs. Brownley blocked Simon’s path. “The lady requests that you return on the morrow. ” The moment they entered the pink-and-yellow bedchamber, Rosabel threw her arms around Claire. “Oh, Brownie, you’re such a dear. ” The embrace caught Claire unawares. Enveloped by soft arms and floral scent, she stood frozen.
To a casual observer, she would look demure and humble. But Simon noted the mocking arch of one brow and the directness of her gaze. Despite his displeasure, her cheeky manner unexpectedly amused him. Newcombe swept off his hat and made a theatrical bow. “Well, then, au revoir, my friends. ” With a jaundiced eye, Simon watched him swing onto his mount. Nothing surprised him anymore, not even the colossal irony of being chastised by a blackguard. He had no intention of being forced into that duel.