By Nora Roberts
Reckless Whitney MacAllister possesses the entire wealth and wonder each lady goals of. Streetwise Douglas Lord has the nice appears to be like and speedy wits to be successful at his selected occupation: larceny.
She has the money and the connections.
He has the stolen records resulting in a superb hidden fortune.
It is a company proposition, natural and simple.
But the race to discover the treasure, from new york to Madagascar, is simply a part of the sport. for his or her fierce and hazardous charm to one another quickly threatens to crush them–unless their cruel and shadowy opponents kill them first.
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A part of her might have believed whatever he acknowledged, performed whatever he requested, so long as he endured to the touch her in exactly that means. however it was once the opposite half, the survivor, who controlled to take regulate. “I like diamonds. yet I additionally understand lots of people who pay for them, and prove with lovely glass. promises, Douglas. ” To distract herself, she drank extra cognac. “I consistently are looking to see the guarantee—the certificates of worth. ” pissed off, he rose. She may seem like a pushover, yet she was once as difficult as they got here. “Look, nothing’s preventing me from simply taking it. ” He snatched her handbag off the couch and held it out to her. “I can stroll out of the following with this or we will make a deal. ” status, she plucked it out of his palms. “I don’t make offers until eventually i do know the entire phrases. You’ve obtained a hell of a nerve threatening me after I stored your lifestyles. ” “Saved my lifestyles? ” Doug exploded. “You rattling close to killed me twenty occasions. ” Her chin lifted. Her voice grew to become regal and haughty. “If I hadn’t outwitted these males, getting my automobile broken within the strategy, you’d be floating within the East River. ” the picture used to be totally too with reference to the reality. “You’ve been looking at too many Cagney movies,” he tossed again. “I need to know what you have got and the place you must cross. ” “A puzzle. I’ve acquired items to a puzzle and I’m going to Madagascar. ” “Madagascar? ” Intrigued, she became it over in her brain. sizzling, sultry nights, unique birds, experience. “What type of puzzle? what sort of treasure? ” “My company. ” Favoring his arm, he slipped at the jacket back. “I are looking to see it. ” “You can’t see it. It’s in Madagascar. ” He took out a cigarette as he calculated. He may perhaps supply her sufficient, simply enough to curiosity her and never sufficient to reason difficulty. Blowing out smoke, he glanced round the room. “Looks such as you understand anything approximately France. ” Her eyes narrowed. “Enough to reserve escargots and Dom Pérignon. ” “Yeah, I wager. ” He lifted a pearl-crusted snuffbox from the head of a curio cupboard. “Let’s simply say the chocolates I’m after have a French accessory. An previous French accessory. ” She stuck her backside lip among her tooth. He’d hit a button. The little snuffbox he used to be tossing from hand at hand used to be 2 hundred years outdated and a part of an in depth assortment. “How previous? ” “Couple centuries. glance, sugar, you'll again me. ” He set the field down and walked to her back. “Think of it as a cultural funding. I take the money, and that i deliver you again a number of trinkets. ” 200 years intended the French Revolution. Marie and Louis. Opulence, decadence, and intrigue. a grin started to shape as she proposal it via. historical past had continually interested her, French background specifically with its royalty and courtroom politics, philosophers and artists. If he fairly had something—and the glance in his eyes confident her he did—why shouldn’t she have a percentage? A treasure hunt was once guaranteed to be extra enjoyable than a day at Sotheby’s. “Say i used to be interested,” she all started as she labored out her phrases. “What type of a stake will be wanted? ” He grinned. He hadn’t suggestion she’d take the bait so simply.