A Notorious Proposition (Avon Romantic Treasure) by Adele Ashworth

By Adele Ashworth

From mattress companions . . . years in the past, whereas on project for the Crown, darkly good-looking Garrett Burke left woman Ivy Wentworth sound asleep bare in his mattress as he went looking for the lacking Martello diamonds. After apprehending the dastardly thief, he meant to spend the remainder of his existence within the hands of the auburn-haired attractiveness. but if the case got here to a stunning and hazardous finish, Garrett was once convinced he'd been betrayed . . . To companions in crime Ivy as soon as enjoyed Garrett with a virtuous middle, yet nowadays she will slightly stand him. Arriving at a abandoned property on a mysterious errand, she by no means anticipated to determine him back, nor believe an analogous ecstasy she as soon as did at his contact. Now, joined with him within the look for the mythical jewels, she is prepared to hazard every little thing. every thing, that's, other than her middle . . .

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He almost laughed. Almost. ” An extremely awkward moment passed in silence. She couldn’t look away, couldn’t scream, couldn’t breathe. Then, abruptly, she felt a strange and utter A NOTORIOUS PROPOSITION 35 coldness envelop the room, and she glanced up instinctively as she tried to shake off a sudden uneasiness. ” Startled, she nearly jumped from the interruption. She’d completely forgotten that refreshments had been ordered, and it took a second or two for her to remember her place in the house.

But before she could respond, she felt the slightest stirring of the toe of his shoe just above her leather-booted ankle, a gentle, up-and-down caress on her stockinged calf that both surprised and horrified her. It was a shocking, despicable, sensuous movement that flooded her mind with memory and her body with heat. Quickly, as daintily as she could, she jerked her leg to the side and adjusted her bottom in the chair, her skirts over her knees and around her ankles, noting with barely contained ire that Garrett looked quite relaxed, as if he didn’t even notice the discomfiture he had purposely caused.

Decorum resumed as Ivy took control, ignoring the shrewd stare she felt rather than saw from Garrett, who remained unmoved. “Nothing else now, Mrs. Thurman,” she replied, stepping aside to allow the woman access to the parlor. ” The woman nodded, then walked straight to the center oval table that sat between two matching, peach velvet settees. After placing the tray gently on the cherrywood surface, she straightened, shot a quick glance to Garrett without expression, then looked away. ” Ivy felt her cheeks burning, for no conceivable reason, though she ignored the sudden flush.

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