Captives of the Night (Berkley Sensation) by Loretta Chase

By Loretta Chase

Chase is on! Her out-of-print vintage is now again in best shape. The Comte d'Esmond is meant to be investigating Leila Beaumont's corrupt and treacherous husband. yet all he desires to do is give up to her dangerously pleasing eyes.

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Still, it was only that — a subject for painting. She doubted she could ever do it justice anyhow. She thought perhaps it was safer not to try. " Francis asked. She shook her head. "I can pack up the studio in two days," she said. " "Then I'll help," he said. " Chapter Two London, 1828 As it turned out, French aristocrats weren't the only ones wanting their countenances immortalized. A week after settling into the modest townhouse in Queen's Square, Leila was at work, and through spring, summer, and autumn, the commissions came thick and fast.

He asked. " The short, fierce syllables announced that he'd driven painting altogether from her mind. That was enough, he told himself. He smiled. " The pink deepened. " His glance trailed down to her gloved hands. The thumb of her right hand moved restlessly over the back of her left wrist. She followed his gaze. Her hand instantly stilled. "I think you have wished me at the Devil since our first encounter," he said. " "We didn't flee," she said. "Yet I offended somehow, I am sure. " "There wasn't time to take leave of everybody.

I cannot deal with him, Fiona. He is beyond me. He's beyond anything. " Leila took up a petticoat, rolled it into a ball, and stuffed it into a corner of the valise. " "He's jealous because Esmond is everything he's not — or what Francis may have been once, but won't be ever again. That cur doesn't deserve you, never did. He certainly deserves no loyalty. " Leila shot her friend a look. " "No, but only because I haven't found just the right one. " " 'Whore' is a man's word," Fiona said. "Reserved for women.

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