A Notorious Proposition (Avon Romantic Treasure) by Adele Ashworth

By Adele Ashworth

From mattress companions . . . years in the past, whereas on task for the Crown, darkly good-looking Garrett Burke left girl Ivy Wentworth drowsing 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 good looks. 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 center, yet nowadays she will be able to slightly stand him. Arriving at a abandoned property on a mysterious errand, she by no means anticipated to determine him back, nor believe an identical ecstasy she as soon as did at his contact. Now, joined with him within the look for the mythical jewels, she is keen to threat every thing. every thing, that's, other than her middle . . .

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For a moment he just watched her. Then slowly he began moving toward her, his jaw tense, lids narrowed, his gaze hardening with each step. Ivy managed to stand her ground, tipping her head back defiantly as he approached, stopping only a foot or so away from her so that the tips of his shoes brushed against the hem of her gown. “Oh, I have so much more to say,” he admitted at last, smiling wryly as he glanced down at her face. He scrutinized her inch by inch, his gaze finally resting on her lips, where it lingered so long she began to shake.

A simple note asking her to investigate a house for a ghost—and the diamonds Benedict Sharon carried on his person the night he disappeared. She had been summoned to Winter Garden for a purpose, a purpose that somehow included Garrett. And now she feared for Ian’s safety, and she had no idea why, or how he might be involved. One thing she did know, however: Far more was at stake than recovering priceless jewels. Yes, the devil might haunt her, but she would find the diamonds first. Chapter 3 nm S arah Rodney quite possibly had the loveliest home in Winter Garden, situated on the northern shores of the lake, directly across from the Rothebury estate— now called the Rye estate by a few of those getting used to the change.

Attempting to sound cheerful and unaffected, she planted a tepid smile on her face, and said tartly, “Of course I remember, and I hope you recover them, Mr. ” His brows furrowed minutely. “I haven’t mentioned our past,” he replied, his voice lower still. For the first time since she’d walked into the parlor, she sensed an evasiveness in him, as if he tried very hard to hide an even deeper reason for calling on her this morning. Standing across the parlor from him now, she could tell that he’d aged more than he should have, as the tiny lines at his mouth and the corners of his eyes had deepened, his half smiles seeming forced.

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