By Adele Ashworth
From mattress companions . . . years in the past, whereas on project for the Crown, darkly good-looking Garrett Burke left woman Ivy Wentworth napping bare in his mattress as he went looking for the lacking Martello diamonds. After apprehending the dastardly thief, he meant to spend the remainder of his lifestyles within the fingers of the auburn-haired attractiveness. but if the case got here to a surprising and hazardous finish, Garrett used to be yes he'd been betrayed . . . To companions in crime Ivy as soon as enjoyed Garrett with a virtuous middle, yet nowadays she will slightly stand him. Arriving at a abandoned property on a mysterious errand, she by no means anticipated to determine him back, nor think a similar ecstasy she as soon as did at his contact. Now, joined with him within the look for the mythical jewels, she is keen to chance every little thing. every little thing, that's, other than her center . . .
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After a timeless moment of utter silence, one corner of his wide mouth tipped upward a fraction. ” The dark and sensuously deep voice of the devil. He would never know how that coldly spoken, sarcastic comment enraged her. She wouldn’t give him the satisfaction. Huskily, she replied, “I try to sense only goodness and truth, sir. ” His eyelids twitched almost imperceptibly, though his caustic smile deepened. ” 30 ADELE ASHWORTH She swallowed hard. “That’s for you to decide, though you know fully well I would never attempt to flatter you, Mr.
Mrs. Rodney, though not a member of the peerage, counted herself as a widow blessed by the memory of a good husband who had passed her and her children a remarkable fortune along with his very respectable name. Or so she often said. Ivy didn’t remember much about them from her own childhood visits, but she did vaguely remember the house as she’d been inside several times. A two-story structure made of pale yellow stone, it was the size of a country manor yet looked like a cottage, with French doors and wrought-iron decor, numerous rooms, and a lush conservatory boasting high windows that faced the lake and allowed for a full day of the southern winter sun to shine and warm the inside.
Standing, she nodded to her white-haired, fashionably coiffed hostess, the consummate Englishwoman, late in years, who carried herself with great poise. “It is a pleasure to see A NOTORIOUS PROPOSITION 49 you again, Mrs. Rodney. ” “Indeed,” the older woman agreed. “Normally, I’d serve in the conservatory, so we could all enjoy the scent of plant life and flowers, but without the sun, on a day like this one, I’m afraid it would just be too chilly. ” Without objection, Ivy lowered her body into her chair again, and Garrett, rather than choosing to sit on the green velveteen sofa next to the grate, sat on her immediate left, in a matching chair far too small for his large frame.