By Georgette Heyer

An unwelcome go back . . .
Unscathed from the wars, Gervase Frant ultimately returns to his father's property to say his identify because the new Earl of Stanyon. yet his stepmother's resentment and his part brother's open disdain placed a kick back on Gervase's welcome. Now he needs to determine himself because the new head of the home . . . and forget about his family's emerging hostility.
And a resented rival
Then Gervase's eye is stuck through a beautiful younger lady -- a similar girl already a lot in want along with his part brother. Now the brothers face direct festival as they bid for the lady's attentions. yet as Gervase struggles to take care of a gentlemanly stability, he starts to discover himself the sufferer of time and again merciless injuries. quickly it turns into more and more transparent that somebody desires the recent Earl of Stanyon dead . . .

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I haven’t hunted him yet. We shall see how he does. ’ ‘No, I shan’t do that,’ said the Earl gravely. ’ said Theo. ’ That made Gervase laugh. ‘Very true! – as I know to my cost! ’ enquired Theo. ‘At Orthes. ’ agreed the Earl, seating himself at the table. ’ asked Martin curiously. ‘Nothing but a sabre-cut or two, and a graze from a spent ball. ’ No question could have been put to Martin that would more instantly have made him sink his hostility. He plunged, without further encouragement, into a technical and detailed description of all the proper high-bred ’uns, beautiful steppers, and gingers to be found in the Stanyon stables at that moment.

Gervase said, his gaze riveted on the fair face upturned to his. ‘Can I be of assistance, ma’am? Some accident, I apprehend! ’ He dismounted, as he spoke, and pulled the bridle over Cloud’s head. The fair Diana broke into a ripple of laughter. ‘Depend upon it, the horrid creature is by now standing snugly in her stall! Was ever anything so vexatious? Papa will so roast me for parting company at such a paltry fence! Only the mare pecked, you know, and over her head I went, and perhaps I was foolish, or perhaps I was stunned – shall I declare that I was stunned?

When in London, I spend much of my time in the company of my aunt, Lady Morville, and my cousins. Parties, and theatres, you know, for they are always very gay, and most good-natured in including me in their schemes. My aunt even undertook my Presentation last year, which, when you consider that she had three daughters of her own to bring out, you must allow was very handsome in her. Particularly when Mama had declared herself ready to sink her scruples, and to perform the duty herself. Neither Mama nor Papa approves of Royalty, of course.

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