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Beautiful Isabel Darling is the only child of an infamous madam and an unnamed nobleman. When Isabel discovers her mother's diary and learns that her mother didn't die of natural causes, but was murdered to prevent the publishing of her racy memoirs, she vows to unmask the murderer. But to do so, she must leave her quiet life and enter the social upper-crust world of Regency London's ton - a move that she manages with a bit of deft emotional blackmail. Bent on ferreting out a murderer, Isabel isn't prepared for opposition in the form of Justin Culver, the handsome, cynical Duke of Lynwood. Justin has nothing but contempt for his father, who has always been a notorious womanizer, but he'll take whatever steps are necessary to prevent Isabel from publishing the details of his father's sexual escapades that are included in her mother's memoirs. Vowing to thwart Isabel's investigation, he finds himself caught up in her search, becoming her protector from physical danger and the threat of scandal generated by her inquiries. Engaged in a battle of wills with the determined Isabel, Justin finds his iron-clad heart softening toward the beautiful blackmailer. Isabel is a woman with a tarnished reputation and a scandalous heritage. Justin is a powerful man determined to live a life of virtue and good reputation. Unfortunately, Justin can't help but be affected by Isabel's extraordinary beauty and Isabel can't help but be seduced by the man she grows to know as both opponent and lover. Set against the glittering backdrop of high society, Her Secret Affair is a great read for those who enjoy historical detail, intriguing mystery, and sensuous love scenes. --Lois Faye Dyer She was an innocent in a world of scandal....The only child of a notorious madam, Isabel Darling will risk anything to find the man who murdered her mother-even if it means blackmailing her way into the exalted world of London society. Even if it means indulging her forbidden dream to take her place among the aristocracy. And even if it means battling Justin Culver, the Earl of Kern-the one man who can ruin her quest for justice.Arrogant and powerful, Lord Kern vows to stop Isabel. Yet, as they engage in a clash of wills, the fiery commoner threatens to breach the wall around his hardened heart. She alone can make him neglect duty and decorum: she alone can cause his downfall. And she alone can bring him to the heights of true love....or the depths of betrayal.
Genre: Historical Romance
Genre: Historical Romance
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Used availability for Barbara Dawson Smith's Her Secret Affair
May 1998 : USA Mass Market Paperback