This novel has 2 books in it by Susan Carroll, a great value: 1 Mistress Mischief and 2 Lady Who Hated Shakespeare.
Frederica Barry was left destitute by the evil dealings of her late husband's relatives. And a turn at the gaming tables put the merry widow a stone's throw from disgrace and debtors' prison.
Max Warfield, a distant cousin, could save her from the poorhouse, if he gave in to her (unthinkable!) request: to become his mistress. But his goal was to
preserve her reputation, not destroy it. Though the
beautiful Freddie made the provocative offer so
THE LADY WHO HATED SHAKESPEARE
Not only did Cordelia Renwick's father intend to spend his summer engrossed in Shakespeare, but he invited his insufferable nephew to join him as well. Though Cordelia grudgingly admitted that Miles Renwick cut quite the dashing figure, one more Shakespearean in the house was one too many for her.
So she vowed to take refuge in the company of the much-sought-after Lord Peter Walsing. But something was rotten in the estate of Walsing, giving Miles a chance to win Cordelia's heartâ if only he could save her pretty neck....