By Olivia Drake
The wealthiest heiress of the season, pass over Lindsey Crompton reveals detective paintings way more attention-grabbing than social engagements—at least till she meets Thane Parker, the Earl of Mansfield. Thane is a paradox: a warfare hero and a cad, a depraved scoundrel and an indulgent mother or father of his younger ward. while Lindsey sneaks into his residence to enquire his position in a sequence of murders, he blackmails her right into a betrothal.Thane has a mystery existence he retains hidden from each person, in particular the infernally curious—and apparently alluring—Miss Crompton. operating with the Bow highway Runners, Thane is monitoring a killer who will be one in every of Lindsey’s suitors. no matter if their engagement is a ruse, the warmth among Thane and Lindsey is undeniably actual. And with a assassin at the unfastened, wish hasn't ever been so harmful…
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Her body still quivered from their close contact. Aside from her father’s affectionate hugs, she had never known a man’s embrace. That must be why her skin felt scorched. “Cad,” she snapped. ” He quit babying his finger and scowled at her. ” “Because you stole the paper from me in a most improper manner. ” Chuckling darkly, Mansfield placed his hand—and the IOU—atop the door frame, well above her head. The action parted the flaps of his coat and stretched his white shirt and the dark waistcoat over his broad chest.
Bott hesitated, then launched into a detailed account. “As you know, the first victim was Maria Wilkes. A night watchman stumbled upon her corpse at dawn while taking a shortcut through Hyde Park. She had been strangled to death some hours earlier. ” Smithers looked at Thane. ” “I’ve been checking into her associations,” Thane hedged. ” Little did they know, the merry widow’s reputation was already tarnished in the best circles. Lady Entwhistle was renowned for her many affairs, including frequent romps with a select group of gentlemen.
Looking decidedly glum, Blythe released a pitiful sigh. “Meanwhile, I shall die of boredom cooped up in this house. ” Lindsey’s heart softened. Poor, exuberant Blythe. It wasn’t her fault that at sixteen years of age she was still under the strict guardianship of Miss Agnes Underhill, the impoverished gentlewoman who had been employed to teach the Crompton girls the ins and outs of English society. Lindsey could sympathize, and yet when it came to the social scene she would have gladly switched places with Blythe.
Never Trust a Rogue by Olivia Drake