Much Ado About Dutton(2013)
(The first book in the More Courtesan Chronicles series)
A novel by Claudia Dain
Book 1 of More Courtesan Chronicles. It all began in The Courtesan's Daughter and continued through the next four books of The Courtesan Chronicles. The Marquis of Dutton didn't pay the slightest bit of attention to Anne Warren until he found out that she was the daughter of a courtesan. His careless, confident, ill-considered pursuit of her began upon that lurid foundation. Anne had been smitten by the dashing Lord Dutton from her first encounter with him. But to be pursued because her mother was a woman of the demi-monde? No. That was unacceptable. Anne was not going to make the mistakes her mother had made, each decision taking her further down the social ladder. Anne meant to improve her station, not hobble it with an amorous encounter with the nearly irresistible Lord Dutton. Over the course of the London Season of 1802, Dutton pursued and lost Anne again and again. He became something of a drunken sot about it all, even a laughingstock. When Anne married Lord Staverton, his fall was complete. Anne married wisely, and Dutton was befuddled by it. Two years later, in the 1804 Season, Anne is a widow and Dutton is sober. Lady Staverton and Lord Dutton, both available and both still interested, continue the seductive dance they began when she was his social inferior. She is no longer his inferior, and because of that, the tables have turned and Dutton is at her mercy. Or perhaps Anne is at Dutton's mercy. It all depends upon whom you ask.
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Used availability for Claudia Dain's Much Ado About Dutton
October 2014 : USA Paperback
August 2013 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition