Gabby decided not to tell Pierce that she had met Gladstone again. James is an openly libertine viscount, who intends to stay single and free of the hypocrisy of Victorian society. With two young children, Krahn became a stay-at-home mother for a time, also finding time to volunteer on a community board working to get funding for mental health care in part of Western Oklahoma. But her mother plans to see Gabrielle linked to a suitable protector, a wealthy and powerful man who can provide her with a lush and indulgent-though illicit-way of life. Krahn arranges for Gabrielle to be manipulated into behaving as a Perfect Wife, and as a Perfect Mistress - in both cases against her natural inclinatio The first part of this story was great fun - Gabrielle and Pierce outwitting her mother determined to make her daughter into a Great Courtesan in a series of deliberately chaste meetings which nevertheless serve to inflame both of them.
The first part of this story was great fun - Gabrielle and Pierce outwitting her mother determined to make her daughter into a Great Courtesan in a series of deliberately chaste meetings which nevertheless serve to inflame both of them. She recognized his cynicism toward marriage from his view of his parents relationship. Pierce was angry and thought that Gabby had set him up for this to happen. Pierce felt much the same way as Gabby in regard to his own mother. Krahn learned to read at the age of four, and began making up her own stories when she was only six. As a member of t I was going to give this book 5 stars, but then about halfway through it turned into more of a romance, with the genre driving the characters and the plot, rather than the characters driving the story.
The daughter of an exquisite London courtesan, beautiful and blunt Gabrielle La Coeur is determined to make a different life for herself -- staid, respectable. Beatrice had been deeply infatuated and had become the perfect wife. But the first half was a lot of fun. In 1974, she gave birth to her first child, Nathan, with the second son Zebulun arriving in 1978. Krane was graduated from high school in Newark, Ohio and received a B. She would have been watched by other men in the garden and his reputation would have been ruined by the scandal. He thought about her attitude.
But love proves a disastrous. Rosalind had been deeply in love with the duke and blind to everything else. The Perfect Mistress is the perfect follow-up to The Last Bachelor. For Gabrielle Le Coeur, Victorian society isn't all it's cracked up to be, especially if your mother is a notorious courtesan, and you are the illegitimate daughter of a duke. But this book seems light and superficial, whereas The Last Bachelor, similar in time period and tone, seems rich and complex. Rosalind was shocked to find that Gabrielle wanted to become someone's wife.
She decided that she needed to do something grand to give the people something else to talk about in regard to her husband. She was not going to become the mistress of the old Count who spit when he spoke. He got drunk and went home to tell his mother that she should be happy that he was getting married, to his mistress. He and Gabby left together and they talked a bit. James is an openly libertine viscount who intends to stay single and free of the hypocrisy of Victorian society. With degrees in biology and counseling, she has worked in teaching, personnel management, and mental health.
She was so upset she cried as Pierce held her for the trip back to London. This time by Pierce St. Pierce was looking for a political scandal involving Gladstone due to widespread gossip that he entertained prostitutes. Krahn is an accomplished writer, so I finished this, in spite of my awareness of the plot manipulations. His mother wanted to dispose of him through marriage in much the same was as Gabrielle's mother wanted to have her out of the way by persuading some man to take her in as his mistress.
He spent the afternoon playing football and cricket with some boys. While Titus suspects there is something fishy about her theories, Celeste is determined to be taken seriously. They played chess, and he lost to her. The daughter of an exquisite London courtesan, beautiful and blunt Gabrielle La Coeur is determined to make a different life for herself -- staid, respectable. She vowed never to be married.
James is an openly libertine viscount, who intends to stay single and free of the hypocrisy of Victorian society. Gabby was 3 months pregnant with their second child when she found out that her father had finally asked her mother to marry him and Rosalind had agreed. The hero was a bit of an idiot in the typical arrogant nobleman kind of way but was still a satisfactory male lead. They explained to him and Gladstone what had happened when they took each of them to their homes. Now, can she resist him? She felt like he thought them too good for her because they were his friends.