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 snoozing 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 existence within the fingers of the auburn-haired good looks. but if the case got here to a stunning and hazardous finish, Garrett used to be 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 work out him back, nor suppose an analogous ecstasy she as soon as did at his contact. Now, joined with him within the look for the mythical jewels, she is keen to hazard every little thing. every little thing, that's, other than her center . . .

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The devil is haunting me,” she whispered aloud to nobody. Seconds later she took a step forward again and gingerly peeked out the window to the bench, now empty, as she knew it would be. But her vision had been of Ian. That was what had startled her in the first place. Her brother was in danger, himself missing, and he was far more important than the pain felt by a ruined love affair of days gone by. Recovering herself, she quickly moved to her valise at the foot of the bed, lifted the latch, and opened it, rummaging through the contents until she held the letter from Lord Rye in her hands.

To her left stood a magnificent peach-and-emerald stained-glass archway connecting the foyer to the grand ballroom, its far, tall windows giving a superb view of the lake directly to the north of the house. To her right, behind partially closed doors, was the parlor, followed by the baron’s library, dining rooms, and finally the kitchen and servants’ quarters. Her first impression was that the house felt as cold and barren as it looked from the outside, even with the sun shining through glass all around her.

He stepped to the side to allow him to enter. “Mrs. ” She didn’t even notice the butler leave as she fixed her furious gaze on the person of her heart’s deceit. “Lady Ivy,” he drawled in greeting as he walked farther into the parlor, a wry smile playing across his mouth. ” He didn’t look surprised to see her at all. Suddenly flustered, she wanted to ask how he could possibly know she’d be here, but then it was a small town, and simple reason suggested that visiting the historian would be the first place one might start to learn information about its homes and people.

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