Mistress by Amanda Quick

By Amanda Quick

Unique booklet: 1994

After a yr of grand adventures traveling the classical ruins of Italy and Greece, Iphiginia vivid lower back to England to find that the true pleasure was once at domestic. apparently her Aunt Zoe has fallen sufferer to a sinister blackmailer and purely Iphiginia can wish to forestall the offender ahead of he can do extra damage. Her plan is electrified: Imitating history's such a lot mythical beauties--Cleopatra, Helen of Troy, Aphrodite--the former schoolmistress will remake herself, and descend upon London Society because the marvelous mistress of Marcus Valerius Cloud, the notorious Earl of Masters. Rumors trace that the Earl has disappeared on the blackmailer's arms, and by way of posing as his unknown mistress, Iphiginia is confident she will be able to ferret out the villain. in a single day, Iphiginia is remodeled right into a imaginative and prescient with a bunch of keen admirers, together with one she doesn't count on -- the Earl of Masters himself, who strides right into a shimmering ballroom one night to cooly reclaim his "mistress". he's every thing they are saying he is... smug, beautiful, devastatingly seductive, and Iphiginia can't support yet be enthralled. but if Marcus consents to play together with her charade, she doesn't recognize that the made up our minds earl has plans of his personal: to tease and tempt her, till the gorgeous deceiver turns into greater than his mistress in identify only.

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He picked him up and sat him on the rail till the Spaniard looked at the drop below him. I looked at the end of the rope. Captain Drake hadn’t tied it to anything. The boy didn’t know that. ” Drake asked. The boy’s mouth moved, but no words came out. Drake pushed him. The boy dropped the six feet to the deck and screamed. But the rope didn’t stop him. He tumbled to the deck a sobbing, twitching jellyfish. Drake walked slowly down the steps to where he lay. ” Drake nodded. “At the stern of the galleon, lads.

They were heading into the west wind, so they needed to be rowed by clumsy oarsmen. The boats were slow, but they would reach us before a quarter hour was gone. Jed took the first musket and fired a shot that splashed harmlessly into the sea. “Missed,” he muttered as I took the musket and passed him a loaded one. Moments later twenty musket balls splintered the wood beside us. ” Jed laughed. ” I squawked. Jed nodded. “That’s one good reason for moving to another gun port,” he said and crawled quickly along the deck to where another black cannon stood.

We’re through the worst,” Jed said. ” I asked. “I don’t think so,” he chuckled. “Come on deck and look at the Pacific Ocean. ” The sun dazzled me as it glinted off the clear water. A few weary men hauled on ropes to raise the sails. We were alone. ” I asked. “Gone, lad, gone,” Drake said. He looked as tired as any man and his eyes were hollow caves. “One went down in the night… we couldn’t save a single soul. The other was too battered to go on. ” “But we got through,” Jed said with a sigh. ” Drake nodded.

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