She Needed to be Tamed . . . She was a breathtaking firebrand, and Vere Mallory, the notorious Duke of Ainswood, had never seen anything like her. Although he thought he was rescuing Lydia Grenville from the cluches of a renowned wastrel, he quickly discovers she is angry at his interference!... read more
Vere Mallory is the last Mallory Hellion. History says that the family name means Trouble and no one could be more of a hellion than Vere: the obnoxious, conceited, conscienceless, et cetera, et cetera, Duke of Ainswood. But the family name also means Sadness – in the past 10 years Vere has... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Vere Mallory is the last Mallory Hellion. History says that the family name means Trouble and no one could be more of a hellion than Vere: the obnoxious, conceited, conscienceless, et cetera, et cetera, Duke of Ainswood. But the family name also means Sadness – in the past 10 years Vere has been to more funerals than he would have liked, the last one being that of his beloved cousin Robin, the previous Duke. So, on top of being the obnoxious, conceited, conscienceless, et cetera, et cetera he is also Sad and Lonely. His has been a life of Dissipation and Debauchery ( along with his childhood friend Sebastian, Marquess of Dain) that got even worse after he inherited his title after the death of so many family members. He cares not for his title or for his wards (Robin’s two sisters). Until he meets Lydia Grenville.
Lydia is a 28 year old spinster who works as a journalist for a London newspaper – her articles talk about social problems like prostitution and her research usually takes her to not so good parts of the town where she tends to get into trouble. This is how they first meet – she is trying to save a girl from being co-opted by London’s most famous female pimp and a fight is in the making. Vere tries to “save” her without realising that this woman does not need saving and is rewarded with a punch in the gut that knocks him down. What he doesn’t know yet is that what really hit him was love with capital L. Over the following weeks he can not avoid bumping into Grenville, who is an independent and intelligent woman that knows what she wants. And what she wants is to remain independent even though she can’t help falling in lust and in love with Vere and when he first proposes to her she says no. And so they fight and they argue and the sparks fly until she relents and their story enters into a second phase.
“"He can't wait to get away. You're too damned dismal, the lot of you. It's the tears and hushed voices and crepe and bombazine_ that's what scares him. Everything's dark and grown-ups are crying. He wants to be with me because I'm big and noisy. Because I can scare away the monsters. Don't you see?"”Vere Mallory
“Yes, but we go together, you see,” said Vere. “We’re of one mind, Grenville and I, and the mind is hers, on account of my being a man and not having one.”Highlighted by 14 Kindle customers
“No annulment,” he growled when at last he freed her mouth. “No someone else. Ever. So put it out of your mind.”Highlighted by 8 Kindle customers
“And you know, better than most, the sort of lives the great mass of humanity lead. To give them a few hours’ respite is to bestow a great gift.”Highlighted by 7 Kindle customers
I don’t need all my battles fought for me. I do need to be believed in.”Highlighted by 7 Kindle customers
The relation between Vere and his conscience had never been amicable. For the last year and a half, they had not been on speaking terms.Highlighted by 6 Kindle customers
Seven Dials was the black heart of one of London’s seamiest neighborhoods, St. Giles’s parish, which was also known ironically as the Holy Land.Highlighted by 6 Kindle customers
Thou shalt support thy bastards was the commandment the Mallorys substituted for the ones about not coveting others’ wives and not committing adultery.Highlighted by 5 Kindle customers
“I don’t.” He pulled the door closed. “Marry me, Grenville.”Highlighted by 5 Kindle customers
The Duke of Ainswood’s mood might have lightened had he… Chapter 4Highlighted by 4 Kindle customers
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