By Loretta Chase
Chase is on! Her out-of-print vintage is now again in most sensible shape. The Comte d'Esmond is meant to be investigating Leila Beaumont's corrupt and treacherous husband. yet all he desires to do is quit to her dangerously alluring eyes.
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Mrs. " came David's worried voice. " She pushed the memory away. "No, no, of course not Merely cold. I hadn't realized how late it was. " Surrey, England, mid-January Ismal paused in the doorway of Lord Norbury's crowded ballroom only for a moment. It was all he needed. He wanted but one swift glance to locate his prey. Leila Beaumont stood near the terrace doors. She wore a rust-colored gown trimmed in midnight blue. Her gold-streaked hair was piled carelessly atop her head — and doubtless coming undone.
Now she was tautly aware of the warm hand clasping her waist, the faint friction of glove against silk as he gracefully guided her round the ballroom. "With scent at least I need only please myself," she said. " "That would be pointless. " "In certain circumstances, that may be a gift — when, for instance, one walks the streets of Paris on a hot summer day. But in other circumstances, the loss must be a profound one. " The words were harmless enough. The tone was another matter. The last and only time Esmond had flirted openly with her was the day she'd met him.
In the circumstances, Mr. Herriard felt it was safer not to correct that impression. There was nothing to object to in his wise and gentle counsel, even if she'd had the heart. But she hadn't. She listened and agreed, her head bowed, her face hot with shame, all the while aware she was worse than alone. She was an outcast. But Mr. Herriard promptly set about giving her a new identity and rebuilding her life, and Mr. Beaumont — though under no similar legal obligation — helped arrange for her studies with a Parisian art master.
Captives of the Night (Berkley Sensation) by Loretta Chase