Beauty and the beast--they were the scandal of the ton .... All eyes feasted on the beautiful flame-haired gambler in London's most infamous club. But Julia Prentisse was interested only in the rake-turned-recluse whom they now called "The Beast." She lured him out of the crowded club to a... read more
Morgan St. James is not considered a beast because of the burns that mar his body but because he had too many servants crammed into too little space and many died in an arsonist's fire. When he meets the fiery-haired beauty Julia Prentisse for what he thinks is an... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Morgan St. James is not considered a beast because of the burns that mar his body but because he had too many servants crammed into too little space and many died in an arsonist's fire. When he meets the fiery-haired beauty Julia Prentisse for what he thinks is an assignation, he is surprised to be offered a marriage proposal. The orphaned daughter of a convicted smuggler, Julia's only escape from marriage to a horrible man picked out by her uncle is to marry someone else, quickly. As the recipient of letters from the arsonist, who calls himself Lazarus, Julia is Morgan's only chance to catch the man responsible for the death of so many. Even though Julia agreed to provide Morgan with an heir, she talks him into waiting until they know each other before consummating their hasty marriage. The sexual tension mounts as they search for the arsonist, who they know is moving within their own social circle. The suspenseful search for the killer adds dimension to this smoldering Victorian era romance. - Diana Tixier Herald
“Very well, you have your reprieve. But know this, you've made your bed, princess. And I intend to sleep in it.”Morgan
“Turning back to Julia, he hesitated once again. Like a skittish deer that had picked up the scent of the hunter, she stood poised to flee at the slightest provocation. He could take her upstairs to his room, but he didn't want to risk having her change her mind before they arrived. The chair in which he had been sitting was out of the question. The rug was undeniably plush but struck him as slightly primitive for their first encounter. At last his gaze lit upon a burgandy velvet chaise that occupied one corner. Although he had never considered the piece with a decidedly carnal purpose in mind, he realized at once that it would serve nicely.”
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