By Jo Goodman
Evan Marchman has simply inherited a name, lands, and a fortune-but is depressing because the new Duke of Westphal, who prefer the intrigue and adventures of the Compass membership to the obligations of an property. extra promisingly, he has additionally received a ward-a attractive girl who asks for his reduction in unravelling a secret that may draw them either right into a international of hidden pleasures. Headmistress of a girls academy, Ria Ashby desperately wishes West's aid to discover a scholar who has disappeared and not using a hint. but she can't support yet be distracted through the promise of ardour at the back of the duke's eco-friendly eyes and roguish grin. quickly their look for the lacking lady leads them to a mystery society constructed from the school's board of governors - an internal sanctum the place sensuality principles - and tool seduces.
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But you must help yourself," he said. Blackwood shook his head. "I've already done that. " West sat down as the colonel pushed his chair closer. Blackwood was still a handsome man; the wasting disease that had laid siege to his legs had not robbed him of his fine looks nor dulled his mind. His reflexes were slower now and a tremor could sometimes be spied in his hands, but he held his own, fixing his quarry with a dark glance that was at once an appraisal and a challenge. Though no longer muscular, he was still fastidious about his appearance and took some pains to make certain his stock was folded in the latest fashion.
No," she said quite firmly, if only on a thread of sound. " "Yes, of course, your half-brother. " A wry smile lifted one corner of West's mouth and a dimple appeared. " Her stuttering had stopped, and he was heartily glad of it. "Good. " He went to the drinks cabinet and found the decanter he wanted. " He poured a small amount into two crystal snifters and handed one to her. He watched her cup her hands around the bowl of the glass to warm the brandy, then sip delicately. " She nodded. "You will want to turn round," he said.
Still, she felt at some disadvantage when West entered the breakfast room and she saw him freshly turned out. Last evening he had looked vaguely disreputable. This morning he looked—every inch of him—to the manner born. His expression, while lacking the haughtiness that was the hallmark of his father and brother, was neither warm nor welcoming. The smile was slight and the angle of that damnably raised eyebrow suggested a certain remoteness, as if he were exercising the right to be more observer than participant in whatever drama would occur.
Beyond A Wicked Kiss by Jo Goodman