A Notorious Proposition (Avon Romantic Treasure) by Adele Ashworth

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By Adele Ashworth

From mattress companions . . . years in the past, whereas on project for the Crown, darkly good-looking Garrett Burke left girl Ivy Wentworth sound asleep 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 hands of the auburn-haired good looks. but if the case got here to a surprising and unsafe finish, Garrett used to be yes he'd been betrayed . . . To companions in crime Ivy as soon as enjoyed Garrett with a virtuous center, yet nowadays she will be able to slightly stand him. Arriving at a abandoned property on a mysterious errand, she by no means anticipated to work out him back, nor believe 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 probability every little thing. every thing, that's, other than her middle . . .

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One thing she did know, however: Far more was at stake than recovering priceless jewels. Yes, the devil might haunt her, but she would find the diamonds first. Chapter 3 nm S arah Rodney quite possibly had the loveliest home in Winter Garden, situated on the northern shores of the lake, directly across from the Rothebury estate— now called the Rye estate by a few of those getting used to the change. 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.

And yet his threat to watch her every move made it more likely that he was following her, perhaps even investigating her, though that notion seemed a bit silly. Still, she could either ignore him, which might actually bring more attention to them as individuals in Winter Garden for a devious purpose, or she could play the innocent. After a moment’s hesitation, she decided she had no choice. She must play along or risk losing every advantage. Glaring at him as he approached, she couldn’t help but notice he’d recently bathed and shaved, and dressed 48 ADELE ASHWORTH in a fine-quality day suit of brown woolen trousers, a beige linen shirt with dark brown cravat, and matching frock coat.

She turned and straightened her apron. “But I haven’t heard a thing that could be construed as a ghostly noise since I’ve been here, I’m sorry to say. ” “Let’s hope not,” she replied cheerfully. ” Mrs. Thurman brushed that comment aside with a wave of her hand. “Nonsense. He can’t scare us off. ” With a quick change of subject, she walked to the door opposite the window and opened it. “Here is the withdrawing room, and the wardrobe is inside. ” She turned and walked back toward the hallway entrance.

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