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Tempting Fortune

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Tempting Fortune

The Malloren World Series, Book 2
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Lord Arcenbryght Malloren is done with love. If he marries it will be for money to invest in his favorite scheme—canal building.Then he meets the impoverished Portia St. Claire, and is soon...
Lord Arcenbryght Malloren is done with love. If he marries it will be for money to invest in his favorite scheme—canal building.Then he meets the impoverished Portia St. Claire, and is soon...
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  • Lord Arcenbryght Malloren is done with love. If he marries it will be for money to invest in his favorite scheme—canal building.

    Then he meets the impoverished Portia St. Claire, and is soon entangled in her and her family's ruinous affairs.

    It doesn't take Bryght long to decide that Portia is the woman for him. But can he persuade Portia to trust a rich, devastatingly handsome nobleman who appears to be a reckless gamester?

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    "Romance at its best..." ~Publisher's Weekly.

    "Intricately plotted, fast-paced, and delightfully wicked..." ~Library Journal

    "A fantastic novel. Jo Beverley shows again why she is considered one of the genre's brightest stars." ~Affaire de Coeur

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    He had not expected to be amused by this mission but now, faced by this valiant defender of hearth and home, he was hard pressed not to laugh.She'd probably shoot him outright if he laughed at her.She was so tiny, though. Perhaps five foot to his six. Despite full skirts and drowning layers of woolen shawls, he could tell she was lightly built. Certainly the two hands so resolutely gripping the large pistol were small and delicate.But delicate was not the word that came to mind.Resolute, perhaps.Or sizzling.Energy — part courage, part anger, part fear — crackled from her like sparks from green wood on a fire. He could not tell the color of the hair that flowed loose down her back, but he suspected it was be red. She really would shoot him if he provoked her, and that alone was enough to intrigue him.It was also inconvenient. He did not have much time in which to complete his mission, and this tiny warrior seemed determined to prevent him. He tried reason first."I confess to having broken the kitchen window in order to gain access, madam. But no one answered the door.""And do you always break into houses when no one answers the door?"He considered it. "Generally speaking, the houses whose doors I knock upon seem to have servants. You have no servants?""That is none of your business!"But he'd hit a nerve. Who the devil was she? This house in Maidenhead had been rented by the Earl of Walgrave to act as a prison for his daughter, Lady Chastity Ware. Bryght had expected to find it empty now Chastity had escaped.The young woman raised the pistol a threatening inch. "Leave, sirrah!""No."Bryght heard her hiss of irritation and awaited events with interest. It took a great deal of callousness to shoot a stationary person in cold blood, and whatever her qualities he didn't think this pocket Amazon was callous.He was proved correct. She did not pull the trigger."Now," he said. "I have a reasonable purpose in being here.""What reasonable purpose can excuse housebreaking?""I have come to collect a document left by a recent occupant."She did not waver an inch. "What recent occupant?""You are full of questions, aren't you? Let us say, a lady.""What lady?""I prefer not to answer that." Tiring of the game, he stepped forward to disarm her.He saw her suck in a breath and raise the gun an inch farther. Damn. He threw himself at her legs just she squeezed the trigger.Portia was flat on her back, squashed under a giant. Her hands felt numb from the kick of the pistol, and her head was ringing where it had connected with the tiles of the hall floor. Or perhaps it was ringing with the thunder of the pistol-shot. She had never fired a gun indoors before. It made a lot of noise.She gazed up dazedly and saw that the house-breaking devil seemed rather concerned.He raised some of his weight on his arms and she took a deep breath. "How dare you!""I could hardly let you shoot me.""Then you should have left!" Portia heaved to try to throw him off but immediately realized that it was a very bad idea. He was lying between her legs and her simple dress with but the one petticoat was very little barrier.The way his elegant lips twitched at her predicament made her want to scratch his all-too-handsome face. No one had a right to features which so closely resembled an amused Lucifer, especially a bullying, housebreaking wretch."Who are you?" she demanded."Bryght Malloren, not precisely at your service. And who are you?""That, sir, is none of your business." She tried to wriggle from under him, but he had her trapped."Then I will call you Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons." He brushed back a tendril of hair that had fallen over her eyes, and the gentleness of the gesture disconcerted her. The same ...

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  • The NYT bestselling author of over thirty historical romance novels, all set in her native England in the medieval, Georgian, and Regency periods, Jo Beverley firmly believes that reading should be fun, and every book should leave the reader with a smile. You can find Jo on Facebook at facebook.com/jo.beverley and at wordwenches.com where she blogs regularly.

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