A Notorious Proposition (Avon Romantic Treasure) by Adele Ashworth

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 stunning and hazardous finish, Garrett was once 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 prepared to probability every little thing. every little thing, that's, other than her center . . .

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She would need it that way if she were to sense anything unusual inside. As a whole, she didn’t necessarily believe in ghosts that haunted dwellings, though she would be the first to admit there were many strange, mystical occur- A NOTORIOUS PROPOSITION 25 rences that defied rational explanation. But she had more to do here than simply investigate the house for wayward spirits. She felt a certain keen anticipation at the thought of exploring the various tunnels and secret rooms rumored to be inside, despite knowing far more was at stake, and she had a much more important thing to do.

Have you met the marquess, Mrs. ” The older woman chuckled and shook her head. 56 ADELE ASHWORTH “Good heavens, no, and what a mystery he is,” she maintained, leaning forward to place her cup and saucer on the tea table. ” Garrett probed. ” Mrs. Rodney patted her the corners of her mouth with her linen napkin, stalling, Ivy was certain, for effect. “Well, it’s been said in . . circles that the man is either an invalid, or a rake of the most clever and notorious kind. It would explain why he’s never appeared in public, or chosen to introduce himself to Winter Garden’s polite society.

Rodney asked cheerfully as she lowered her robust frame onto the sofa and spread her full satin skirts daintily around her ankles. “Mr. Burke and I are here for entirely different purposes, actually,” she replied, probably too quickly. They both looked at her with raised brows. “What I mean,” she amended, “is that I am here at the bidding of the new owner of the Rothebury home, and he ”—she shot him a quick glance—“Mr. ” Feeling utterly foolish for being so disconcerted by his presence, she grew enormously thankful when, at that precise moment, the butler rapped once on the partially opened door, then moved to his side to allow two parlor maids to enter, each carrying a silver tray topped with a variety of items, which they dutifully deposited on the tea table in front of them.

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