To Take This Lord

The Brides of Bath

Book 4
Harper & Appleton
17

George Pembroke, the Viscount Sedgewick, is a man bent on self-destruction. Even though it's been two years since his cherished wife died on childbed, George continues to rely on liquor to blunt his grief.

Worried about him and his children, George's sisters urge him to ask spinster Sally Spenser – a longtime family friend – to help care for his daughter and son. Sally's the perfect person. She's of high birth, has no money, and she adores his children. But George can't ask an earl's niece to become a servant! However. . .since he'll never love again, why not make Sally his viscountess? It would be a marriage in name only. For the children.

Sally's deep love of the children and fear that their father might marry an unfeeling stepmother that prompt Sally to agree George's proposal. Even though it will be unbearable living under the roof of the man she loves and knowing she can never have him. 

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WHAT THE CRITICS SAY:

"Does a wonderful job building simmering sexual tension between her opinionated, outspoken heroine and deliciously tortured, conflicted hero." – Booklist

"5 Stars – highly recommended." – Huntress Reviews

"Bolen's writing has a certain elegance that lends itself to the era and creates the perfect atmosphere for her enchanting romances." – Romantic Times 

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Publisher
Harper & Appleton
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Published on
Sep 29, 2011
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Pages
216
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ISBN
9781939602060
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Romance / Historical / Regency
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 The Beauty and the Scholar. . . 

The Brides of Bath are Back! Book 5 in The Brides of Bath series.



Certain the "smart" Steffington twin is the person who can help her
recover her late husband's nearly priceless stolen Chaucer manuscript,
Catherine Bexley tearfully persuades the scholar to assist her. A deal
is struck. She's particularly pleased that the Doctor of Letters is not
interested in seducing her because she's finished with men (owing to her
late husband's multitude of unfortunate alliances with. . .doxies).
Regaining the manuscript and its subsequent sale will give her
independence to ensure she never has to marry again.



Once he learns the poor, delicate widow is in danger of losing her
heavily mortgaged home if they cannot find the valuable hologram, Dr.
Melvin Steffington vows to do everything in his power to restore the
rare Canterbury Tales to her. It's obvious the pretty little thing needs
a man to help her. Not normally the twin to take note of pretty little
things, Melvin can't help but to observe that Mrs. Bexley's physical
appearance is much like the beauties so admired by his twin brother.



He hadn’t counted on the fact he would have to pose as her husband
as they race against the banker's ticking clock. He hadn’t counted on
the mysterious thief attempting to kill him. Most of all, he hadn't
counted on how close he would become to the lovely widow or how the
kissing of said widow would become the most pleasant experience in his
entire seven and twenty years. . .
 The Beauty and the Scholar. . . 

The Brides of Bath are Back! Book 5 in The Brides of Bath series.



Certain the "smart" Steffington twin is the person who can help her
recover her late husband's nearly priceless stolen Chaucer manuscript,
Catherine Bexley tearfully persuades the scholar to assist her. A deal
is struck. She's particularly pleased that the Doctor of Letters is not
interested in seducing her because she's finished with men (owing to her
late husband's multitude of unfortunate alliances with. . .doxies).
Regaining the manuscript and its subsequent sale will give her
independence to ensure she never has to marry again.



Once he learns the poor, delicate widow is in danger of losing her
heavily mortgaged home if they cannot find the valuable hologram, Dr.
Melvin Steffington vows to do everything in his power to restore the
rare Canterbury Tales to her. It's obvious the pretty little thing needs
a man to help her. Not normally the twin to take note of pretty little
things, Melvin can't help but to observe that Mrs. Bexley's physical
appearance is much like the beauties so admired by his twin brother.



He hadn’t counted on the fact he would have to pose as her husband
as they race against the banker's ticking clock. He hadn’t counted on
the mysterious thief attempting to kill him. Most of all, he hadn't
counted on how close he would become to the lovely widow or how the
kissing of said widow would become the most pleasant experience in his
entire seven and twenty years. . .
Having never left Upper Barrington in her twenty years, orphan Miss Emma Hastings is  overjoyed when the uncle she's never met invites her to come live with him in London. Everything about living in the Capital lures her. She doesn't even mind sharing her seat in the mail coach with a gargantuan man whose belly rests on his lap. Even when her uncle fails to meet her at the posting inn in London, she's too exhilarated over the city's sights and sounds to be worried. After many hours pass and her uncle does not collect her, she determines to lug her trunk behind her as she struggles through London's streets at night to find her uncle's home.

Spurned by his mistress and vowing to never love again, Adam Birmingham, whose family is the richest in Britain, decides to get very drunk. As he's staggering home, he takes pity on a very small young lady who's lugging a very large trunk behind her. In the rain. Her destination is the home of his next-door neighbor, but no one answers the bell. Adam is compelled to ask the young woman to spend the night at his home. Promptly after showing her the chamber in which she'll sleep, Adam passes out on her chaise. It's not until the following morning he remembers that the lady's uncle has died.

When Adam learns that Emma cannot return to Upper Barrington and that she has nowhere to go, he offers marriage to the hysterical lady. His heart is so shattered, he will never love again. Why not make this helpless orphan happy? Soon after they wed, they become convinced that someone has forged her uncle's will--and likely murdered her uncle. Their resolve to bring the murderer to justice jeopardizes Emma's life. Knowing she's in danger brings out Adam's protective instincts--and something far deeper, something he'd thought to never feel again. . . 

Trouble is no match for a lady of the extended Worthington family—except when it comes in the form of a most irresistible gentleman . . .
 
Lady Charlotte Carpenter’s brother-in-law has put an infamous brothel owner out of business—yet it is Charlotte who suffers the consequences. Abducted by thugs and held at an inn, she is plotting her escape when she’s suddenly rescued by a dashing gentleman. Only afterward does she realize she’s seen him before—with two courtesans! Unwilling to tarry with such a man, Charlotte makes her second escape. But it is too late to repair her reputation . . .
 
A known gossip has spied Charlotte’s movements, and his report is speeding through the rumor mill. Soon, everyone knows that Charlotte spent the night with Constantine, Marquis of Kenilworth. And everyone agrees the only answer is marriage—including Constantine himself, his overjoyed mother—and his mistress! But Charlotte’s abductors aren’t finished with her yet. Now Constantine will do anything to protect the spirited woman he loves and win her heart . . .
 
Praise for The Worthingtons
 
“The happy and chaotic family life that takes place around the edges of the love story is what makes this novel so delightful. A fun read.”
– Kirkus Reviews on It Started with A Kiss
 
 “Quinn offers a refreshing take on historical-romance conventions. . . . Grace Burrowes’ readers will also appreciate the intelligent commentary on issues of the day.”
– Booklist on When a Marquis Chooses a Bride
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