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The Outrageous Lady

by Barbara Cartland

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The heat from the candles in the huge chandeliers was overpowering, and the movement of the dancers combined with the heavy fragrance of flowers did nothing to alleviate a feeling almost of suffocation.
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The masterful highwayman stood in the moonlight waiting for outrageous Lady Galatea Roysdon to relinquish her last jewel to his rakish, mocking command.

"But you can not take this!" she protested. "It was my mother's and it is all I have left to remember her."

Then he said in a different tone:

"If I let you keep the ring, you must give me something of equal value."

"I have... nothing else with me..." she began.

Then as she saw the smile on his lips she was very still. He moved towards her and gently turned her face up to his. Softly his arms went around her and his lips were on hers in surprising, sweet ecstasy.

In a dizzy wave of rapture she realized he had stolen her heart!
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Society beauty Galatea, 'the outrageous Lady Roysdon' is the talk of the town, especially of the Social whirl that surrounds the Prince Regent when his Court arrives in the spring in the fashionable spa town of Brighton. She is a magnet for countless suitors, not least the over-amorous D'Arcy, the Earl of Sheringham, whose advances she repels unceasingly, for Galatea is a married woman, unwillingly wed to an older man who has been in a coma for years. In a rash attempt to flee the attentions of the Earl by travelling alone in her carriage, she is held up and robbed by a dashing highwayman, who leaves her without her jewels, but with an unforgettable kiss. Then when her good friend, Lady Dorridge, comes to her with an appalling problem, Galatea has her most outrageous idea yet! She resolves to enlist the help of her handsome highwayman, a decision that sets her on a path to terrible danger, a thrilling swashbuckling adventure, and the blossoming of a love more Heavenly than anything she has ever known before or could possibly imagine in her wildest dreams.… (more)

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