Who is the stranger? Masked and after his prey, this unknown seducer holds her in her gaze like no man she has known... that is, other than Colin. It can't be, or so Amelia thinks, for Colin is dead, and gone are the days when she will shudder with delight, gently sighing his name.
She the lover, the hunted, is yet seduced by the stranger. Captivated and led into a garden full of moonlight and heaving pleasure, her life is forever changed. Obsessed with knowing who could be so fully tapped into to her desires, she anticipates every move, every need, and will not stop in her attempts to know him, even if it means uncovering the darkest of secrets behind his true identity.
Sylvia Day was born in 1973. She writes under the pen names S.J. Day and Livia Dare. Day is a former Russian linguist intelligence officer for the US military. Her erotic adult novels the Crossfire series is a best seller worldwide, the first book Bared to You reaching status as the fastest selling paperback in a decade in the United Kingdom. She has also received the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice award, and the National Readers Choice Award. She serves on numerous committees and panels for romance writers including Romance Writers of America, Romantic Times Convention, and Comic Con. She is currently president of the Romantic Writers of America.
Miss Amelia Benbridge is ready to leave behind a past filled
with heartbreak for a sensible marriage. Until temptation itself comes calling,
with an invitation to seduction.
Amelia Benbridge and the Earl of Ware are the most
anticipated match of the Season. Lord Ware is handsome, wealthy, and kind, and
he understands her love will always belong to her childhood sweetheart, Colin.
When Colin died, Amelia believed she would never feel such passion again. But
her primal reaction to the brooding stranger who approaches her at a
masquerade, coaxing her into a moonlit minuet and a single, sensual kiss,
Colin Mitchell knew a pairing between a peer’s daughter and a
gypsy stable boy was impossible. Amelia’s mistaken belief in his demise
afforded him the opportunity to return to her as a man of means. But time has
slipped through his fingers. She is preparing to wed another and danger prevents
him from revealing the truth. Colin can only bid her a secret farewell, but he
underestimates her determination to unmask her phantom admirer. A forbidden
kiss leads to her ardent pursuit and a soul-scorching affair. Amelia is
perfectly attuned to his every desire, every thought-and hungry for stability
he can't offer her. For deception lies at the heart of their love, waiting to
drive them apart once again.
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