By Rosemary Rogers
The illegitimate daughter of the Russian czar, Leonida arrives on the property of Stefan, the Duke of Huntley, with secrets…and a challenge. trying to find covert records sequestered in Stefan's sizeable library, she is the ideal guest—and the best spy.Fascinated via her ideal attractiveness and her fascinating aura, Stefan attracts in detail closer…and Leonida, certain through accountability to her family members and state, reveals herself completely captivated. but as threat and wish meet in a tangled net of espionage and deceit, the 2 will face a call that may be made purely via love itself.
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This was precisely what she had desired from the moment she had laid eyes on the magnificent Duke of Huntley. It was, at last, the achingly sweet excitement blooming in the pit of her stomach that sent up a shrill of alarm through her mind. Mon Dieu. She had devoted the entire morning to preparing herself to ignore Stefan’s intoxicating presence. Had she not paced her room at Hillside, listing all the reasons her attraction for the Duke was such a ghastly notion? Not the least of which was the risk of being distracted from her true reason for being in Meadowland.
The King had not only flaunted his mistress with utter disregard, but he had made no effort to disguise his disgust for his new bride. “I agree, but there is no healing the wounds after all these years. She will go to any lengths to have her revenge. ” Edmond heaved a sigh. ” Stefan blinked in surprise. ” Edmond’s features hardened. ” “Good lord. ” Edmond’s short laugh echoed through the shadowed garden. ” Stefan’s concern was not eased. ” Edmond demanded in exasperated tones. Stefan recalled his violent confusion of emotion when he had stepped into his library to discover Leonida.
Once alone, he followed the torchlit path until a faint sound had him reaching into his pocket to grasp the pistol that was loaded and primed to fire. A shadow loomed from behind a fountain, then Stefan’s tension relaxed as the flickering firelight revealed his brother’s familiar features. Pulling his hand from his pocket, Stefan gave a lift of his brows. “Edmond. ” Edmond shrugged, his gaze narrowing as it skimmed over Stefan’s tailored jacket in a dove gray that he had matched with a black waistcoat stitched with a gold thread.