The Beloved Scoundrel by Iris Johansen

By Iris Johansen

Unique e-book: 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 was once a hostage torn among ardour and loyalty...

Marianna Sanders discovered she couldn't belief this darkish and savagely seductive stranger who had come to spirit her away around the sea. She possessed a mystery that can topple an empire, a mystery that Jordan Draken, the duke of Cambaron, was firm to wrest from her. within the eyes of the realm the smug duke used to be her dad or mum, 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 impressive rake they known as the Duke of Diamonds...

For years, magnificent, lethal Jordan Draken had schemed to damage the emperor who threatened every thing he valued so much on this planet. Now that he held this defiant girl who used to be the foremost to his ultimate triumph, he felt a fierce feel of satisfaction...and the 1st stirring of hope. She used to be in simple terms presupposed to be a pawn in his plans, yet as soon as on my own along with his captive, Jordan discovered she was once a prize he might by no means surrender.

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She hated dukes, the whole stupid, stubborn lot of them, but Philip in particular. The carriage veered around a corner too sharply, sending Charlotte tumbling forward. She screamed, certain that her head was going to catch her fall before she could maneuver her elbows beneath her. And then she cursed, because rather than either her head or her elbows hitting the floor, her husband caught her. His hands steadied her shoulders, his breath fanning over her hair. Charlotte looked up. ” In the pale moonlight streaming through the window, she could see his silver eyes flicker.

But then he lifted his gaze and smiled at her—a quick, blinding flash of teeth, much too charming—and Charlotte straightened as warning bells rang in her ears— “As you wish, Your Grace,” he said, and dumped the dress on her head. Charlotte felt like a china doll, awash in a sea of lace and satin, breathing in the clean, stifling, fresh smell of the fabric as she tried to find her way to a pocket of air. At last, she lurched to her feet and flung the dress aside—only to discover that Philip had never moved, and her nose was a mere inch away from his cravat.

Suddenly the covers were wrenched away from her. Charlotte gasped and sat up, instinctively reaching down to pull her shift over her legs. She glared at Philip, who stood at the foot of the bed, his eyebrow arched in amusement as he watched her scramble to find her dignity. ” Charlotte took a deep breath and squared her shoulders—not an easy feat to accomplish when one hand was busy tugging a thin scrap of cotton over her thigh and the other was holding her up. ” Philip’s brow lowered. No, that didn’t sound right.

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