Married to the Viscount (Swanlea Spinster Series #5)

Married to the Viscount (Swanlea Spinster Series #5)

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by Sabrina Jeffries
     
 

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The dashing Viscount proposes a marriage in name only . . . in New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries' sexy historical romance

Abigail Mercer was thrilled at being reunited with Spencer Law, whom she met once and later married by proxy. But now Viscount Ravenswood denies all knowledge of their union! Too many

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The dashing Viscount proposes a marriage in name only . . . in New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries' sexy historical romance

Abigail Mercer was thrilled at being reunited with Spencer Law, whom she met once and later married by proxy. But now Viscount Ravenswood denies all knowledge of their union! Too many witnesses have made it impossible for the secretive Spencer to reject his bride without causing a scandal. So he has proposed a marriage in name only until they can locate his mysteriously absent younger brother—who is responsible for everything!—and untangle this messy affair.

Abigail is incensed, irate . . . and irresistibly attracted to this handsome, infuriating man who hides his smoldering passion behind a proper exterior. So the lady will agree to his terms on one condition: Spencer must seal their bargain with a kiss. But he finds that one deep, lingering, unforgettable kiss isn't nearly enough. And keeping his hands off his pretty wife is going to be much harder than he thought.

Editorial Reviews

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“Powerful Romance.”
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“One luscious romance filled with sensuous moments that will make your heart beat a little faster.”
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“Another winner from Sabrina Jeffries - it sizzles with passion, humor, and adventure. You won’t want it to end!”
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“Dance of Seduction is a treasure of a book, written with wit, charm and burning sensuality. This skillfully written novel is an absolute pleasure to read. Anyone who loves romance must read Sabrina Jeffries!”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061747342
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/13/2009
Series:
Swanlea Spinster Series , #5
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
39,283
File size:
725 KB

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Married to the Viscount

Chapter One

Even the finest butler may blunder when announcing a surprise guest, but he should use the occasion to learn the correct styling. One never knows when a surprise guest may become important in his employer's household.

Suggestions for the Stoic Servant,
by the Butler to a Very Important Gentleman

London
April 15, 1822

The bride-to-be was here. The groom-to-be was two hours late. As betrothal dinners went, this one qualified for fiasco of the season. Spencer, reluctant host of the fiasco, surveyed the immaculately appointed dining table in his London town house and sighed. How soon could he call an end to this painful ordeal and retreat to his study and his cognac? Probably not for at least another hour. Anything less would rouse suspicion among his twenty-six guests.

Thanks to his quick thinking and talent for lying, they didn't even know the dinner was a fiasco. And until he found out why Nat had disappeared, he had no intention of letting them in on the secret.

He glanced over at Lady Evelina, the bride-to-be. Thank God she'd apparently accepted his far-fetched tale. Like a china doll, she perched on her chair in cultivated perfection, blond ringlets framing her flawless brow, her cheeks pink but not rouged, and her gown the ideal hue for her porcelain skin. Only her sparkling eyes hinted at the sweet-natured girl Nat and Spencer had teased while she was growing up.

Catching his eye, Evelina dabbed daintily at her cupid-bow lips with a damask napkin. "I do hope they don't detain poor Nathaniel at the police offices all night. Did his note say how long it might be?"

That damned fictitious note. "No, but they'll probably keep him awhile," Spencer lied with all the practiced ease of a former spymaster. "He'll have to give testimony against the ruffian he caught snatching that woman's reticule."

"It was so brave of him to run off after the villain all alone," she said. "And then to insist on carrying that man to the police himself -- how noble of him!"

"Yes, Nat is nothing if not noble." That lie came harder in the face of young Evelina's starry-eyed loyalty.

Not that Spencer had any other choice. Engaging in a manly pursuit of justice was an acceptable excuse for not attending one's betrothal dinner; abandoning one's bride-to-be was not. Until Spencer knew the reason for Nat's apparent defection, he had to keep lying. Otherwise, Evelina and her widowed mother, Lady Tyndale, would suffer public humiliation. Which Spencer refused to allow.

Where the hell was he? When Spencer had last seen Nat an hour before dinner, his brother hadn't mentioned any plans to dash out. And although Spencer's butler McFee had seen Nat receive a message shortly after that, no one had seen the man leave. But no one could find him, either, not in the house or at any of his favorite London haunts.

Nat had simply vanished, and it looked deliberate. After all, how much trouble could one man get into in only a few hours?

Spencer sighed. Nat had acted strangely ever since his return from America a month ago -- he was inordinately interested in the mail, came and went at all hours, had mysterious meetings, and in general acted like a man still sowing wild oats instead of preparing to marry.

Now this. For God's sake, where was he?

"Well, I for one am surprised Nathaniel even had the presence of mind to send a note at all," Evelina's mother commented. "But the man is always so considerate."

"And noble, too," the woman sitting next to her added with a hint of sarcasm. "Let's not forget 'noble.'"

Wonderful. Now Lady Brumley was putting her nose in it. Why in hell had Evelina's mother invited a woman popularly known as the Galleon of Gossip? He should have paid closer attention to the guest list.

But with England's chaotic political situation occupying him, he'd had no time to plan the betrothal dinner Lady Tyndale had expected him to host. So he'd unwisely given that to her, his designated hostess for the evening. Somehow the intimate little affair he'd suggested had exploded into this assembly of London society's most prestigious -- and chatty—members. That's what he got for trusting a woman with the intelligence of a pea.

And there was still a betrothal ball to get through two nights from now. Fortunately, Lady Tyndale was hosting that at her home. Spencer shuddered to think what sort of production it would be. She'd probably invited half the ton to her ball.

If there was a ball. Given Nat's disappearance tonight, that was no longer certain.

He scowled. He wanted to see Nat settled, damn it. Twenty-nine was a good age for marrying, and twenty-year-old Evelina was perfect for him. Insane as it seemed, she'd apparently been in love with the idiot from girlhood, which was all a man could ask for.

"That note from your brother," Lady Brumley commented. "Might we see it for ourselves, Ravenswood? I shall have to write about the event for the paper, and I want all the details of Mr. Law's noble act."

What the nosy woman wanted was to uncover scandal. Clearly she hadn't believed his tale. Just what he needed -- the shrewd Lady Brumley voicing her suspicions in that infamous column of hers.

"I thought you had your own sources." Spencer sipped his claret with a carefully cultivated air of boredom. "Or have you grown tired of checking your facts?"

The woman answered his sarcasm in kind. "I suspect that if I wait until tomorrow for that, I'll hear only the official story. Since the London magistrates report directly to you at the Home Office ...

Married to the Viscount. Copyright © by Sabrina Jeffries. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

Meet the Author

At the tender age of twelve, Sabrina Jeffries decided she wanted to be a romance writer. It took her eighteen more years and a boring stint in graduate school before she sold her first book, but now her sexy and humorous historical romances routinely land on the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists and have won several awards. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and son, where she writes full-time and is working on her next novel.

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Married to the Viscount (Swanlea Spinster Series #5) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
gypsydi72 More than 1 year ago
Another wonderful novel by Sabrina Jeffries. In this this story we are introduced to Abigail Mercer and Spencer Law.  Abigail met Spencer when he accompanied his brother on a business trip to the States. Immediately taken in by the dashing Viscount that treats her as an equal and respects her opinion, even though she is a female, how can she help but fall in love with him. When she is approached by his brother after Spencer's departure professing a deep affection and offering to marry her by proxy, she jumps at the offer. Little does she know that Spencer has no clue what his brother has done. Spencer thinks that Miss Mercer is everything he would want in a wife. She is intelligent, smart, and beautiful. If he had any intentions of marrying ever, he would hope to marry someone like her. He has decided he will never marry and that any heirs to be produced will come from his brother. So while he still thinks about Abigail once he has returned to England he knows that he will not see her again. Or will he? When Abigail shows up on his doorstep with papers in hand proving they have been wed by proxy, Spencer must figure out how he can solve his dilemma. He does not wish to be married and yet how can he resist Abigail now that she is his wife. And where has his brother disappeared to, as he is the one with all the answers and Miss Mercer's dowry?  Meanwhile, can Abigail convince Spencer that a marriage between them is what they both need and desire? She has a hard time seeing the caring gentleman in Spencer as he is now the unfeeling Viscount. As they both fall deeper in love, can Spencer give himself the opportunity to find happiness with Abigail? She will accept no less and deserves no less than his full commitment. And will Abigail be able to be the wife that Spencer needs? A wonderful tale of two individuals who are perfect for each other. They both need to accept themselves for great individuals they are to truly be happy with one another.
spiritroz More than 1 year ago
I loved it, as usual Sabrina Jefferies hit this out of the park, I loved Abbey and Spencer and the butlet and maid were great, they should how protective they were to there employer,I also loved the small commedy parts..
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lord Ravenswood met his perfect match. I loved that he had to be brought down to his knees, metaphorically, before he could accept Abby because as he was, the relationship would never have worked. So I am glad that for once, he didn't get to control everything. And Abby was just too cute!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The writing was good but the characters where annoying especially Abby. Abby was so insecure and prickly i just couldnt like her. Yes she had reason to to be a little insecure but does everything have to be about her my goodness she never gave hero the benefit of the doubt yes he was alpha but she turned all his words into a personal attack instead of attempting to understand the man. Conflict overly long because of this and caused reader to not see why either would want to be with each other she came off as an insecure shrew (big turnoff for me) and he came off as domineering but sweet. This could have been a lot better with more loving and less neurosis.
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maloses3000 More than 1 year ago
great book
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