The Beloved Scoundrel by Iris Johansen

By Iris Johansen

Unique booklet: 1994

Now, from nationally best-selling Iris Johansen comes an exciting story of abduction, seduction, and hand over that sweeps from the shimmering halls of Regency England to the decadent haunts of a infamous rogue...

She used to be a hostage torn among ardour and loyalty...

Marianna Sanders learned she couldn't belief this darkish and savagely seductive stranger who had come to spirit her away around the sea. She possessed a mystery which can topple an empire, a mystery that Jordan Draken, the duke of Cambaron, was resolute to wrest from her. within the eyes of the area the smug duke was once her father or mother, yet they either knew she was once to be a prisoner in his sinister plot—and a slave to his beautiful pleasure.

He used to be the outstanding rake they referred to as the Duke of Diamonds...

For years, amazing, lethal Jordan Draken had schemed to spoil the emperor who threatened every little thing he valued such a lot on this planet. Now that he held this defiant lady who was once the foremost to his ultimate triumph, he felt a fierce experience of satisfaction...and the 1st stirring of wish. She was once in simple terms alleged to be a pawn in his plans, yet as soon as by myself together with his captive, Jordan discovered she was once a prize he may by no means surrender.

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Inconvenient, though it was expedient at the time. A shame, really. Wounded men tended to talk very readily. Dead ones were very disappointing in that regard. “But since it has happened . . ” Raven brows arched in concerned inquiry. ” Michael was grateful for that split-second glint of the moonlight on the steely blade that almost saved him. Had he not jumped the wrong way, he would be unscathed. The mistake was a problem, but better than a knife in the heart. Still, how was he supposed to explain the injury on his wedding night?

Keep in mind, you must give him the heir he needs. It really is not all that unpleasant. ” High praise for the event indeed. My wedding night becomes more appealing by the moment, Julianne thought with ironic amusement. ” Apparently nonplussed, her mother took her time fussily pouring herself more tea. ” “What would be preferable would be a more candid explanation of the process. Some women must enjoy it if they risk public censure to take a lover. ” The reproof wasn’t a surprise. Julianne loved her mother but also knew she wasn’t good at discussing deeper topics than the current fashions.

His older brother had mentioned how beautiful she was becoming as she matured, how intelligent and goodhumored, how charming and gracious. The final letter, which hadn’t reached Michael until Harry was gone and in his grave, had explained how fortunate he was to be pledged to a woman who would not only grace his arm in public and his bed in private, but also enrich his life. Did Michael feel undeserving? A resounding affirmative to that question, he thought as he sighed and ran his hand through his neatly combed hair, ruffling the thick strands.

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