By Sarah MacLean
"What a scoundrel desires, a scoundrel will get. . .
A decade in the past, the Marquess of Bourne was once forged from society with not anything yet his name. Now a associate in London's such a lot specific gaming hell, the chilly, ruthless Bourne will do no matter what it takes to regain his inheritance—including marrying ideal, right girl Penelope Marbury.
A damaged engagement and years of disappointing courtships have left Penelope with no real interest in a quiet, cozy marriage, and a eager for whatever extra. How fortunate that her new husband has entry to an unexplored global of pleasures.
Bourne could be a prince of London's illicit underworld, yet he vows to maintain Penelope untouched through its wickedness—a problem certainly because the girl discovers her personal wants, and her willingness to bet something for them . . . .even her heart.
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Mason took a deep breath, feeling for the first time since Freddie’s death in command of his own destiny. He paced, taking a few tentative steps and then stronger strides around the corner of his desk. ” The inquiry came from Louisa, which didn’t surprise him, given her daring, but it was her soft tones and sweet smile that startled him. ” “I understand that you have hired Madame Fontaine with the best of intentions,” she said, smiling both at him and the lady in question. “But what if someone discovers her presence here?
Her arms wound around his neck as she melted against his chest. Her mouth opened further and he deepened the kiss until a cry, a strident peel like a battle-ax being sharpened for war, wrenched them apart. ” a shrill voice she assumed to be Lady Delander’s cried out again. “Shhh—” Lord Ashlin whispered into her ear. As if she could say anything right now. She still couldn’t catch her breath, let alone calm her pounding heart, which she was sure could be heard from the attic to the cellar. “I will have an answer,” Lady Delander demanded.
He directed this last order squarely at Hashim. She turned to her self-appointed protector. ” Hashim eyed Lord Ashlin with a quick head-to-toe appraisal and then nodded his approval for her to continue with Lord Ashlin alone. As Riley followed the Earl into his study, Hashim took his post near the door, assuming his usual stance, his arms folded across his chest, one hand resting lightly on the hilt of his jeweled scimitar. Riley found herself puzzled by the man leading her into his study. Lord Ashlin moved with a fluid, athletic grace, hinting of a well-developed physique beneath his plainly cut black coat and breeches.