What an entertaining read this turned out to be! So much that I am going to try to gobble up as many of Amanda Quick's books as quickly as I can.
Iphiginia Bright's aunt was being blackmailed. The note said that Marcus Valerius Cloud, Earl of Masters was killed by the blackmailer and if the aunt did not pay up, she would meet with the same fate. Iphiginia helps by posing as Marcu's mistress, Mrs. Bright. Being he is dead and all, who would know that she is a just a bluestocking virgin.
Marcus is not dead however, and when word gets to him about this mistress parading throughout the ton's events, he is intrigued enough to quit his country home to meet her.
I just loved the banter between them, it was perfect! The best part was when they actually did the deed :) I laughed so hard I cried. They actually fought during the deed, he then completed after like the first stroke, while she saw his face strain, she thought she killed him!
I am so very sorry, Marcus." Tears ran down her cheeks. "I never meant to hurt you. That is the last thing I would ever do. Please, Marcus, you must not die. Not now after I have finally found you. I could not bear it. I love you, Marcus."
He'd lost his self-control for the first time since his wedding night.
He'd spilled his seed like some clumsy, untried youth with his first woman, just as he had that first time with Nora. Somewhere in the darkest reaches of his memory he thought he heard her angry, jeering words.
You've got the hands of a farmer, you great oaf.
"Marcus, Marcus, please forgive me. Open your eyes. You cannot die."
Marcus opened one eye.