By Miranda Jarrett
Former governess Jane wooden is on borrowed time—and she does not wish the fairy story of her Grand journey to finish. She awaits the coming of her organization, Richard Farren, Duke of Aston, with trepidation….
To widower Richard, meek and mousy leave out wooden is unrecognizable because the carefree and passionate Jane. Seeing Venice via her eyes opens his brain and center to romance!
Yet a sinister possibility hangs over their newfound happiness: to guard Jane, Richard should triumph over the demons of his previous and convince her to develop into his right wife….
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Beyond that, a huge stone fireplace faced the footboard, two comfortable chairs on either side, a round table between them. A settee facing the fireplace completed the sitting area. ” asked Bannington, much amused by the scandalized expression on the face of his visitor. “I prefer to live here, you know. ” “Handsome surroundings, but as marquis—” “Marquis? Why do you address me thus? I am Lord Bannington. ” “Why have you come? ” “Pay no attention to my playmates. None of them understand the English tongue.
You mistake, my lord. Your grandmother is alive. ” Thunderstruck by this news, Bannington turned pale. “My grandmother is still alive? You can’t be serious. ” “No, my lord. ” “I can’t answer that question, my lord. ” “Mrs. ” “Never heard of them. ” “My information comes from the intelligence division of the home office. It is entirely reliable, though not public knowledge, my lord. I must urge you to reconsider and accept the marquisate, for the sake of England if not for your grandmother. If you do not, Harry Trasker is next in line.
When she heard no sounds from within or without the town house, she gathered her silk gown, tucked it into her pantalets, turned and climbed the tree. With customary ease, she slithered along a sturdy branch that led to the balcony. Her hands and feet found purchase on the ornate grillwork and she let go of the tree limb. It snapped back with such a loud crack, she froze, waited a heart-stopping moment, and then eased herself over the balustrade. The door was ajar. She stepped into Darlington’s chamber and waited for her eyes to adjust to the dark.