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Courting the Countess

Barbara Pierce

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A scoundrel whose fame as an artist, libertine, and notorious seducer of beautiful women is ongoing fodder for the ton, Mallory Claeg has a secret obsession-Brook Meylan, Lady A'Court, a beautiful widow who abandoned London two years earlier, deliberately severing all ties to her past. Under the pretense of his interest in the primitive landscape of the Cornish coast, Mallory watches her, fascinated and utterly mesmerized by her beauty...

Brook tried to escape the gilded cage of the ton's merciless gossip, the memory of a cruel husband, and the pity of well meaning friends. But meddling relatives and unwanted suitors shatter her peace. At first, Mallory Claeg was another intrusion. Yet his sinfully handsome face and irresistible charm bring both temptation and torment. Now Brook must choose between opening her heart-or sealing it off forever...

A scoundrel whose fame as an artist, libertine, and notorious seducer of beautiful women is ongoing fodder for the ton, Mallory Claeg has a secret obsession-Brook Meylan, Lady A'Court, a beautiful widow who abandoned London two years earlier, deliberately severing all ties to her past. Under the pretense of his interest in the primitive landscape of the Cornish coast, Mallory watches her, fascinated and utterly mesmerized by her beauty...

Brook tried to escape the gilded cage of the ton's merciless gossip, the memory of a cruel husband, and the pity of well meaning friends. But meddling relatives and unwanted suitors shatter her peace. At first, Mallory Claeg was another intrusion. Yet his sinfully handsome face and irresistible charm bring both temptation and torment. Now Brook must choose between opening her heart-or sealing it off forever...

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COURTING THE COUNTESS
Chapter OneCornwall, March 1810 
The transition from sleep to wakefulness was so sudden it was almost painful. A surge of nameless fear pumped through him. Muttering an oath, Mallory Claeg attempted to rise, but something anchored him to the bed.Or someone.Bracing himself on his elbows, he glanced down at his forgotten companion. Even asleep, his current mistress, Mrs. Carissa Le Maye, kept him securely manacled to her side. The telling action would have angered her. Twice widowed, she had garnered a rather unladylike reputation for seducing and carelessly discarding
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"Barbara Pierce's star continues to rise!" -Gaelen Foley, author of Lady of Desire

"Masterful storyteller, Barbara Pierce pens captivating romances that are not to be missed!"
--Lorraine Heath, USA Today bestselling author of Love with a Scandalous Lord
"Barbara Pierce's star continues to rise!" -Gaelen Foley, author of Lady of Desire

"Masterful storyteller, Barbara Pierce pens captivating romances that are not to be missed!"
--Lorraine Heath, USA Today bestselling author of Love with a Scandalous Lord

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  • Barbara Pierce

  • Having a rich English ancestry that can be traced back to the 1500s, Barbara Pierce credits her grandmother and the romantic family tales she was told as a child for inspiring her early fascination with English history. Striving to balance her love of history with the need to tell a compelling story, she debuted in 2000 with A Desperate Game. She next introduced readers to the Bedegrayne family with A Lady's Mischief and A Gentleman at Heart. Barbara currently lives near Atlanta with her husband and three children.
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