By Judith Ivory

ISBN-10: 0060098538

ISBN-13: 9780060098537

ISBN-10: 0061478105

ISBN-13: 9780061478109

A Dutiful HeartAs befitting her identify, attractive put up Channing-Downes was once the right kind, obedient spouse of an getting older marquess -- until eventually her husband's dying left her penniless and alone...with one final marital legal responsibility to meet. Entrusted with supplying a small black field to its rightful proprietor, she calls upon Graham Wessit, the infamous Earl of Netham, lifestyles has been endlessly marred by means of rumor and scandal. yet Graham wishes not anything to do with a bequest from the fellow he holds answerable for his destroy -- or with thebewitching emissary who brings it. within the face of breathtaking erotic secret -- within the throes of an infected ardour unbeckoned yet very unlikely to disclaim -- a rogue's hardened center should be undone by way of love...and a staidbeauty in straits could examine the beautiful, sensuous freedom of give up.

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Would you like tea now? Or would you prefer to wait for dinner? ” “Tea now would be nice. ” As she passed by the stairs, Submit noticed that her trunks and bags had already been brought down and tucked under the stairwell. She separated the portmanteau she would be taking with her tonight from the rest, placing it by the front door. The parlor was a neat, homey room that overlooked the front street. It was a room everyone shared, though thankfully there was no one else around. It was too late for the teatime gathering, too early for the predinner group that usually congregated here.

She brought it over to the window. It had once been pretty perhaps, but that was years ago. A white orchid with a deep pink throat had been painted onto the black surface of its top, but the glossy lacquer over this had cracked and yellowed the image. The box had no lock. For a moment, Submit fingered the latch. It was loose. The contents weren’t protected from her curiosity, and Henry of all people knew she was inquisitive. B¬acΩ Si¬Ω 45 She lifted the lid and leaned a little closer to the window, toward its diffuse, watery light.

She did not clap. She would not relinquish the watches. He had to take 54 Ju≥itπ Ivor¯ her hands in his and bend each of her fingers individually out of the chains and buttonholes at the bottom of his vest. Then he let out a harried breath. She had clutched two of his fingers into her fist. The orchestra began again. “It’s a Viennese. ” It was indeed a fast Viennese waltz. Ever buoyant, she said, “Come dance and spin me round and round till I can’t stand. Then just at the end, kiss me. Let’s be happy and gay.

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