By Suzanne Enoch
All of London is abuzz with the go back of the definitely pleasing, lately widowed Diane Benchley. Will she remarry? what's going to she do together with her overdue husband’s fortune? Sociey is surprised by way of her announcement—at the Grand Ball, of all places!—that she plans to open an unique gentleman’s gaming membership within the kin mansion. yet not anyone is extra shocked than the Marquis of Haybury, Oliver Warren.
Years in the past, Oliver and Diane shared a personal indiscretion. Now Diane threatens to bare Oliver’s so much ungentlemanly secrets…unless he is of the same opinion to assist her. A infamous gambler—and rake—Oliver is overqualified to coach Diane within the methods and technique of working her institution. yet impressive a take care of Diane could simply be the most important chance Oliver has ever taken. This time, the one factor he has to lose is his heart…
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Anna forced her eyes open. “Yes, Martha. ” Martha frowned at her in grave concern. “I’ve never known you to be a slugabed. Are you sure you’re not sickening or something? Anna struggled up, trying to appear her usual cheery self. “Of course I’m not! ” “The state of the candle tells that story, miss,” said Martha with a glance at the candlestick. Full memory rushed back and Anna winced at the thought of the story that candlestick could tell. Along with memory came anxiety. What would Lord Carne have done when he couldn’t find Maggie?
She wished her arms would suddenly become ten feet long, but they didn’t and so she had to walk over to stand by his chair. She waited, but he made no attempt to reach for the glass, and so she had to press against his stretched legs to put it in his right hand. His boots rubbed against her calves through the cotton and something—almost an emanation—set her nerves jumping with panic. As soon as he took the glass she stepped back but his left hand shot out to seize the front of her nightdress. “Oh, no, you don’t.
She raced into the hall and up the steps, her heart thundering, her breath mere gasps of panic. In moments she was through the door and back in her bedroom. She slid to the floor in limp relief, offering earnest prayers of thanks to the deity who watched over foolish virgins. Which made her think of lamps. Which made her realize a terrible thing. She’d left the candlestick! At that moment, Anna Featherstone nearly fainted. She wanted to huddle under her covers and pretend none of the recent events had happened but if she didn’t retrieve the candlestick, it would be obvious she’d been there.