The Devil's Waltz (Mira Historical Romance) by Anne Stuart

By Anne Stuart

If you dance with the satan, you carry palms with temptation . . . Christian Montcalm was once a pragmatic guy, if a destitute scoundrel, yet his plan to mattress and wed the delectable leave out Hetty Chipple may look after that sticky wicket. even though, there has been a such a lot interesting problem to his good fortune. Annelise Kempton wanted not anything greater than to return among this despicable rogue and the fortune (and advantage) of her younger cost. definitely, Annelise understood the desperation that comes from demanding occasions, yet Montcalm may fail -- she might individually see to it. All that stood in her method was once a guy whose rakish appeal may well tempt a saint to sin, or consign a proven spinster to sleepless nights of longing . . . to offer the satan his due.

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As Lady Prentice had said, money would perfume the stink of the shop quite effectively, and there were any number of widowed ladies casting curious eyes in Chippie's direction. He seemed unaware of it, but once the ladies knew that Annelise was a part of his household, at least for the time being, she was besieged with questions. Annelise nodded and murmured agreement and passed on whatever encouraging information she could think of. Yes, she'd answered numerous times, he was a most devoted father.

No wonder the man was so dangerous— even she was not totally impervious to his wicked charm. " She wheeled around and took off, back stiff, shoulders straight, as dignified as she could manage, being outside without a coat or a hat. She wouldn't look back—they were probably laughing at her—and she wouldn't run. Though it would take forever, she would walk back up the hill to the street and across to the Chippie mansion; she would not let him see that for the first time in what seemed like years, she was unaccountably close to tears.

Josiah Chippie beamed, unabashed at his own error. "You see, Hetty. She'll show you just how to get on. Should have done introductions first, of course. Why don't you two girls go on up and get Miss Kempton settled in? " Thirteen years separated the two girls, Annelise thought, and probably the only thing they had in common was their nationality and their gender. And most young men would probably take issue with the latter. "That would be most agreeable," she said. " "I was going to go for a ride in the park," Hetty protested.

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