The Paid Companion by Amanda Quick

By Amanda Quick

Unique booklet: 2004

The Earl of St. Merryn wishes a lady. His intentions are merely useful - he easily wishes anyone good and certainly stunning to pose as his betrothed for a number of weeks between well mannered society. He has his personal schedule to pursue, and a fake fiance will preserve the husband-hunters at bay whereas he is going approximately his company. the best answer is to rent a paid spouse. discovering the perfect candidate proves extra of a problem than he anticipated. but if he encounters pass over Elenora hotel, her feisty demeanour and golden eyes sway him to make a beneficiant provide. Elenora's sorry monetary situations - and goals of a lifetime of independence - depart her little selection yet to simply accept. yet St. Merryn seems to be hiding a mystery or , and issues appear oddly amiss in his gloomy London domestic. Elenora quickly discovers that this lark may be a much more risky event than she'd been ended in think. And the Earl of St. Merryn will locate that the meek and gentle spouse he'd at the beginning estimated has develop into a accomplice in his quest to capture a killer - and an outspoken belle of the ball who stirs a bothersome ardour in his sensible center.

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The child remained glued to the spot, coughing as choking black smoke rose around her. Heart pounding, Eleanor dropped everything and ran. She caught Sissy by the arm and thrust her out of the front door. She flew back inside. Rubbing her eyes, Sissy poked her head in. ' Flames played among the ragged ends of the rug. Glowing soot took flight in the draught from the door and landed on the tablecloth. It flared up. Oh God, soon the whole place would be alight. She glanced wildly around. Her father's calm voice echoed in her ears.

While Garrick waited, memories curled around him like comforting arms. He could almost hear the sound of his father's voice, the feel of his arm heavy on Garrick's young shoulders as they poured over maps or Father told him stories of military engagements. On a warm spring day like today, the bank of French windows leading to the balcony would have been thrown open, a breeze heavy with the scent of roses from the garden beyond billowing the heavy blue curtains into the room. He hated the smell of roses.

He brushed his lips across her mouth, warm and dry and soft. A mere whisper of the kiss he'd given her in the dark on a moonlit road. A lightning bolt seemed to shoot through her body, hot yet pleasurable. She stiffened in shock. 'I've been wanting to do that since the moment I saw you,' he said, his voice carrying on a warm puff of breath against her chin. She shivered, her mind a blank to everything except trembling anticipation. A smile dawned slowly, lazy and sensuous. She could not tear her gaze from his mouth.

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