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The Defiant Mistress

by Claire Thornton

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The City of Flames series (3 as of 2007) involves the adventures of three cousins, all grandchildren of the Earl of Swiftbourne, from whom they are all alienated. Each involves the love story of a different cousin, but characters repeat and the stories overlap in time. They are best read in order.

Althea Fairchild is living under an assumed named in an effort to avoid an unwanted suitor. On the eve of her marriage, she is found and forced into marriage. Fleeing to the continent, she lives in a convent for some years until her happy widowing. She accidentally meets her unwillingly jilted fiancee, who has inherited a title and become a man of substance, and is out for vengeance. Meanwhile, her cousin, John Beaufleur, Duke of Kilverdale, chases her from England to Italy and back attmepting to bring her home to her family.

A great story and a superior historical novel. The interlocking of the three books adds considerable depth to the characters. ( )
  juglicerr | Sep 1, 2009 |
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For eight years Gabriel Vaughan, Marquis of Halross, has believed he was duped by a clever, money-grabbing harlot. He has tried to forget the beauty who left him at the altar, and then an accidental meeting in Venice places her entirely at his mercy Although Athena Frances Fairchild claims to be innocent, maybe this is just another of her deceptions. It's time to exact a little revenge. So when Athena needs a safe passage back to England, Gabriel sees his chance. Years ago he would have been proud to have Athena accompany him as his wife. Now Gabriel will insist she travel... as his mistress
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For eight years Gabriel Vaughan, Marquis of Halross, has believed he was duped by a clever, money-grabbing harlot. Left at the altar, he was to witness his betrothed in the arms of another man. Now a chance meeting in Venice brings all the old hurts and bitterness to the surface. Although Athena Frances Fairchild claims to be innocent, maybe this is just another of her deceptions. Its time to exact a little revenge. With Athena in need of a safe passage back to England, where once Gabriel would have been proud to have her accompany him as his wife, now he will insist she travelas his mistress.… (more)

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