A Marquis For All Seasons
by Renee Reynolds
Lady Miranda Leighton and the Marquis of Stafford, Roman de Courtenay, have a similar problem: their families want them to find a spouse. Together they hatch the perfect scheme: they will pretend an attachment and trick their families in their pursuit of one last season of unencumbered entertainment. Yet, in each other's constant company, they find their ruse giving rise to some surprisingly very real feelings. What happens when you set out to fool society, but only end up fooling yourselves?
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“Let us take each day as it comes, and decide entertainments best suited to our attendance closer to the events,” Lord Stafford suggested with a resigned air. He sighed, suddenly weary at the drastic turn his summer was taking. His time would not be his own, it seemed. At least Lady Miranda did not ask him to undertake the ridiculous, such as a trip to Tattersall's, a gambling hell, or Almack's. He could well manage a few parties and the occasional turn through Hyde Park. He grinned suddenly. “We shall woo our families with the idea that we woo each other,” he quipped.
Miranda groaned, rolling her eyes but grinning in response. “And we shall have the most fun possible in the process.”
“Yes, well, that remains to be seen. I suppose it depends on one's definition of 'fun,'” he returned as his brows drew together in thought.
“And in one's ability to experience it. I give you leave to pay me as many pretty comments as necessary,” she teased.
“Then, I give you leave to swoon, but no more than twice, and only after conveying your raptures over the delicacy of my words.”
Miranda squeezed his arm in delight as they neared the gazebo. “I'm not ashamed to admit it: I plan to enjoy our ruse immensely.”
“While I plan to suffer all for the greater good.”
“As long as you 'suffer all' with a besotted air, you may suffer as much as you see fit.”
Author bio and links:
Author Renée Reynolds grew up all over the world as the daughter of a globe-trotting Marine father and spirited and supportive mother. Their family motto was you can never learn too much, travel too much, or talk too much.
She majored in majors in college, and after obtaining a host of degrees she decided not to use any of them and instead writes about what she cannot do - go back in time to dance at balls, flirt with lords, gentlemen, and scoundrels, and gallop unfashionably down Rotten Row during the most fashionable hour.
After dodging a few Collinses and Wickhams, Renée happily snared a Darcy. Her HEA turned out to be in Texas, where she resides with "the hubs, the kiddos, a boisterous menagerie of indoor and outdoor animals, and a yard of meticulously maintained weeds." She has happily tagged on this addendum to the family motto: you can never read too much, too often, or too late at night.
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