By Laura Lee Guhrke
"**Once Upon a Time...**
Maria Martingale used to be going to elope. yet Phillip Hawthorne, Marquess of Kayne, positioned a cease to these plans while he realized his more youthful brother meant to marry a cook's daughter. Now, twelve years later, Maria discovers that the guy who holds her destiny in his palms is none except the haughty gentleman who despatched her packing—and he's as good-looking and conceited as ever.
**Happily Ever After?**
Always the correct gentleman, Phillip will do something to guard his family members from scandal, and whilst Maria dares to maneuver in correct round the corner, he is familiar with scandal would certainly stick with. She is as tempting as he remembered . . . and the extra he sees her, the tougher it's for Phillip to maintain his personal mystery wish for her a secret
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Her publisher was ecstatic—his delight measured in increased fortune for her and less agreeably in persistent demands that she write faster. Her stories ran counter to the accepted male narrative of domination bolstered by various fantastic devices with which to restrain female characters. Not that she was averse to an occasional bondage scene. After all, their bookstore had always sold books by Anonymous that were kept behind a screen in a back room. The risqué books and magazines bound in innocuous bindings had generated excellent sales.
Mr. Edding’s Facts and Fantasy was a typical example of the cheap serial fiction that boomed after the abolition of the Newspaper Stamp Tax in 1855. But what increased the volume of her readership so remarkably was the additional female audience. Perhaps it shouldn’t have been so surprising. It was, after all, an era of sweeping social changes, many of them specifically directed toward women’s rights. There was increasing ferment for women’s suffrage, and reforms in marriage, divorce, and inheritance laws had over the past fifty years broadened the scope of female self-determination.
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Secret Desires of a Gentleman (Girl Bachelors, Book 3) by Laura Lee Guhrke