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Last summer I read a book, then went on vacation. When I got home I wanted to read it again.
I could not find the book. Worse, I could not remember the title or the author.
All I remember are bits of the story. Please help me find this book.
Here's what I remember---
type of romance: historical
setting: 1800s London
Heroine disguises herself as a pregnant woman thinking she would not be molested as she makes her way home each night from the pub where she works.
However, one night thugs who know she was just paid prey on her. She is stabbed and she likewise stabs one of her assailants.
A duke or some such lord happens to witness the fight but is too late to help her.
She asks him if he is lost because he is too beautiful for her neighborhood. lol
The duke takes her to his townhouse and argues with his brother about the logic of bringing an injured, pregnant, lowly woman to his home.
Ring any bells???
A Perfect Bride :
Perfectly Marvelous Devon St. James must surely be dreaming! She closes her eyes in London's poorest slum, and awakens wrapped in fine linens ... staring into the eyes of the most gorgeous man she has ever seen! Sebastian Sterling, marquess of Thurston, is clearly shocked to have a girl from the streets in his bed, though the heat of the desire burning in his gaze is unmistakable. But if he believes Devon will easily submit, he is quite mistaken!
What the devil has he done? It's bad enough their family is already mired in scandal, now Sebastian has to deal with the exquisite young beauty in rags he had impetuously carried into his home! Worse still, the lady is driving the serious, responsible marquess to distraction with her fiery spirit and breathtaking sensuality. But perhaps, just perhaps, with some of Sebastian's private schooling, this low-born enchantress can learn refinement and manners -- and be miraculously transformed from merely his passionate obsession into a perfect bride.
Thank you for replying. I went to Samantha James' website and it had an excerpt with the part I remembered ---
"...Her lips parted. Her eyes moved over his features in what seemed a never-ending moment. Then she gave a tiny shake of her head. "You're lost," she whispered, sounding almost mournful, "aren't you?"
Sebastian blinked. He didn't know quite what he'd expected her to say. Certainly it was not that .
"Of course I'm not lost."
"Then I must be dreaming." To his utter shock, a small hand came out to touch the center of his lip. "Because no man in the world could possibly be as handsome as you..."
lol now I can get and read it again---fill in the gaps of my memory. I don't know why this story stuck with me but I mean to find out.
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