With This Ring (Vanza, Book 1) by Amanda Quick

By Amanda Quick

Unique booklet: 1998

Leo Drake, the "Mad Monk of Monkcrest," is notoriously eccentric and surely reclusive.  But he's additionally a famous antiquities specialist, that is why Beatrice Poole has demanded his reluctant assistance.

The freethinking authoress of "horrid novels," Beatrice is trying to find the Forbidden earrings of Aphrodite, a mythic treasure she suspects performed a job in her uncle's death.  Beatrice unearths Leo each piece as interesting as one of many heroes in her novels--and she's confident he's the one one that may help her.  But after purely 5 mins in her corporation, Leo is bound he's by no means met a lady extra infuriating...and likely to rescue him from boredom.

Yet the alliance might end up to be the largest mistake in their lives.  For a villain lurks in London, anticipating the pair to unearth the Forbidden Rings--knowing that once they do, that day can be their last....

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