By Love Undone (The Bancroft Brothers)
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Scandal's daughter . . .
Madeleine Willits was shunned by London society for a scandal that was no fault of hers, and forced to seek a paid position in the country. So when Quinlan Bancroft, Marquis of Warefield, comes to direct the household during his uncle's illness, Maddie is determined to detest the nobleman on sight. But though the marquis is easy to dislike, the man himself is a different matter. Small wonder, then, that Maddie quite forgets herself when he enfolds her in a sweet embrace . . .
Meets the noble lord . . .
Caught kissing his uncle's lovely young companion, Quinlan feels he should make amends, and uses his rank to re-establish Miss Willits in society. Unfortunately, it is soon apparent that Maddie has no idea how to resist importunate young rakes who deem her ripe for the plucking. But Maddie knows there is only one rake whose attentions she truly needs to fear—because only Quinlan Bancroft possesses the power to break her heart.
yelled and stomped her feet and tried to dislike him, she loved Quin Bancroft. “Maddie,” the duchess murmured, “stop looking at my son.” She jumped. “Was I?” she asked shakily, turning her gaze at once to the white- and ivory-clad girls moving in a shuffling, nervous line before the row of patronesses. Of course, every single one of the stuffy, conceited women seemed to have decided to attend tonight’s assembly. “Yes, you were. I fear, though, that now he seems to be staring at you as well. He
the pistol and his eyes still unwaveringly on Charles. “Yes, I’m fine, for the moment. What are you doing here?” “I came to tell you that you’re being kidnaped.” “Hmm,” Dunfrey sighed, far too calmly. “Dear Lady Stokesley, I suppose?” “Yes.” “Well, now you’re being kidnaped as well, Bancroft. Give me the pistol and sit down.” Still gazing at Dunfrey, Rafe backed off just a little. He whistled sharply. “What in damnation was that for?” Dunfrey snapped. Rafael continued to look at him
own poor judgment. As Eloise had said, though, Maddie’s obstinacy in going her own way had likely caused all her troubles in the first place. And he had his own troubles—obligations—to take care of. “Eloise, might I escort you to Bond Street tomorrow?” he said, by way of answer. “I believe we have something of mutual interest to discuss.” She smiled. “It would be my pleasure, Quin.” Assuming a stolidly stone-faced expression, Maddie stepped past Beeks into Bancroft House’s main hallway. They
of her cheeks slowly faded. “So you decided that since I was already ruined, you might as well take advantage.” He shifted closer to her, noting that despite her words, she couldn’t help dropping her eyes below his waist for a moment. “Now, just a damned minute—I don’t recall your trying to stop anything. Just the opposite, I think.” “Well,” she began, blushing again, and belatedly covering her lovely chest with her arms, “I simply…got a little carried away.” At that his lips twitched in a
sighed heavily. “Suit yourself, Maddie. I am absolutely not going to get pulled into the middle of this mess. I have enough problems of my own.” “Like what?” she asked innocently. Something had been bothering him from the moment he’d arrived in London, but as far as she knew, he hadn’t confided in anyone. “Like something I have no intention of telling you about,” he answered easily. “But I will tell you this. My brother has had his entire life planned out for him, and he’s been perfectly happy