By Jo Goodman
Evan Marchman has simply inherited a identify, lands, and a fortune-but is depressing because the new Duke of Westphal, who prefer the intrigue and adventures of the Compass membership to the obligations of an property. extra promisingly, he has additionally won a ward-a attractive girl who asks for his reduction in unravelling a secret that would draw them either right into a international of hidden pleasures. Headmistress of a girls academy, Ria Ashby desperately wishes West's aid to discover a scholar who has disappeared with out a hint. but she can't aid yet be distracted via the promise of ardour at the back of the duke's eco-friendly eyes and roguish grin. quickly their look for the lacking lady leads them to a mystery society produced from the school's board of governors - an internal sanctum the place sensuality principles - and gear seduces.
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Ria chided herself for not offering up mat most simple explanation. She just hadn't thought of it. The truth was that while he had not been aware of her for two decades past, it could not be said that she was in ignorance of Mm. She did not tell him this, however. Instead she said, "Mr. " Ria watched West mull this over. As a lie it was a good one, she realized, for he was prepared to believe he might be betrayed for some coin. It also explained her earlier dissembling as an attempt to protect the footman from retaliation.
She was too startled to deny any or all of those things. "No," he said, answering for her. " For once Ria was glad that her thoughts were so clearly expressed on her face. "It is too late to impose your presence on any of the suitable females of my acquaintance, therefore I will escort you to suitable lodgings not far from here. " West paused long enough to allow Ria to put forth an argument. He hoped it was good sense rattier than exhaustion that kept her from doing so. Rising to his feet, he said, "Wait here.
West thought Ria made this recitation with some effort to detach herself from it. He understood and appreciated what it cost her to do so. "Us? " he asked, prompting her gently to continue. "Who is us? " "My great-grandfather. I was living with him when word came. " It was precisely this sort of revelation that made his head hurt. " Ria regarded him from under the raised sweep of her perfectly arched brows. "I thought I did," she said. "Shall I draw the tree for you? Connect the—" He held up one hand, palm out.