By Lisa Kleypas

She gave him her innocence...Lady Aline Marsden was once stated for one cause: to make an effective marriage to a member of her personal category. as an alternative, she willingly gave her innocence to John McKenna, a servant on her father's property. Their passionate transgression used to be unforgivable—John used to be despatched away, and Aline used to be left to dwell within the countryside...an exile from London society...and he took her love.

Now McKenna has made his fortune, and he has returned—more boldly good-looking and extra enchanting than earlier than. His ruthless plan is to take revenge at the girl who shattered his desires of affection. however the magic among them burns as brilliant as ever. And now he needs to make a decision no matter if to permit vengeance take its toll...or hazard every thing for his first, and basically, love.

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Beth Hurwood asked irritably. " said Shandy. "It's his title. " "His title? " "It means he's a … an initiate. " She seemed upset that Shandy should know all this. htm (38 of 185) [2/14/2004 1:05:00 AM] ON STRANGER TIDES - Tim Powers Shandy started to speak, then shrugged. "All this magic stuff. " "I've observed that these people are superstitious, of course. I suppose all uneducated communities—" She froze, then stared at him. " Shandy frowned, and looked past the flickering fire to the jungle.

I suppose all uneducated communities—" She froze, then stared at him. " Shandy frowned, and looked past the flickering fire to the jungle. "I won't insult you by being less than frank. This is a new world, and these pirates live much more intimately with it than the Europeans in Kingston and Cartagena and Port-au-Prince, who try to transplant as much of the Old World as they can. " Mr. Bird flung his food away and leaped to his feet, glaring around at no one in particular. " he shouted angrily, his gold earrings flashing in the firelight.

Shandy shut his eyes and pictured it. "Right. " As the two men trudged back toward the fires, Davies pulled a pistol out of his belt. "If Venner plays me square I can handle him," he said quietly. "But if he doesn't, I want you to hang back with this and make sure no—" He stopped talking suddenly and gave a weary laugh. "Never mind. " He put the pistol away and lengthened his stride. —but partly, too, at the same time, for staying out of it. His petticoat breeches whirling out around his knees at each ponderous step, Leo Friend reached the bottom of the sandstone track that led down from the ruined fort, and, sweating profusely in the confinement of his fantastically ribboned doublet, struck out across the sand toward the fires where Davies' crew was.

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