A Lady's Lesson in Scandal by Meredith Duran

By Meredith Duran

"*IN GRITTY, WORKING-CLASS LONDON, SHE DOES WHAT SHE needs to to outlive . . . *

When Nell Whitby breaks into an earl’s condominium on a dead night quest for revenge, she unearths her pistol pointed on the flawed man—one good-looking as sin and bare because the day he used to be born. Pity he’s a lunatic. He thinks her a lacking heiress, yet extra to the purpose, he’ll aid her break out the slums and correct a grave injustice. no longer a foul cut price. All she has to do is marry him.

*A infamous LADIES’ guy may well TAKE HER FROM POVERTY TO OPULENCE . . . yet AT WHAT PRICE?*

A rake of the 1st order, Simon St. Maur spent his stressed adolescence burning each bridge he crossed. whilst he inherits an earldom with no unmarried penny hooked up to it, he sees an opportunity to begin over—provided he can locate an heiress to fund his efforts. yet his depraved acceptance capability courtship could be difficult—until destiny sends him the main infamous lacking heiress in historical past. All he wishes now's to make her right into a girl and maintain himself from making the one mistake which could break every little thing: falling in love. . . .


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I liked astronomy. It was that thing you do when you first fall in love. Where you think you must be soul mates because you each get hungry at lunch time and both blink when a large object is thrown your way. I started to put the pieces together. Boy with violin, Dino and his study. Maybe Dino was giving him some kind of lesson. But Dino wasn't a teacher. First, the best music teachers weren't necessarily virtuoso players. I knew that. Teachers are usually teachers and players are players. As far as I knew, Dino had never taken a student before.

A machine can play an instrument, but it is that something of yourself that you bring to it that makes a player really good. That piece of your soul that you reveal as the music comes through you. I know nothing of this personally--I played the tissue paper comb in the kindergarten band--but you can hear it. You may not have words for it, but you can hear it. Maybe feel it is more accurate. There is a communication going on at some ancient and primitive level when music is played from somewhere else other than simply the fingers.

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