Brazen Temptress (Brazen Series Book 3)
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She came to betray him...
No one could have known the truth: that the beauty who swept into the elegant ballroom was a pirate queen with a treacherous plan to save herself from execution by identifying an infamous privateer attending the ball in disguise. Only Maureen Hawthorne could expose the double life of Julien d'Artiers, the toast of the ton. After all, she was his wife...
But he caught her heart unawares...
Julien was stunned when he beheld the love of his life, the wife he'd presumed dead. But here she was, her turquoise eyes blazing across a crowded ballroom, a woman determined to bring about his complete ruin. She blamed him for her father's death, swore to see him hang. But he took her into his arms and made her dance instead, tormenting her with memories of the passion they'd once shared, determined to make her love him again... willing to do anything to keep from losing her again.
provisioned, which could only mean they’d left a friendly port recently. Their ship, a frigate, had similar lines to the Forgotten, as if it had come from the same Baltimore shipyard where her father had purchased his vessel, not two years earlier. “I think they’re Americans,” she called down to her father. She took another glance. Below, her father paced the deck. “Get down, then,” he called to her. “I may need you.” What he wanted was her to be out of the rigging, out of the easy pickings of
and hair. Oh, it was a terrible muddle. The fact that the man left her tongue-tied and confused only added to her misery. She’d sat mutely through most of the dinners her father had hosted for Julien and his officers. It hadn’t taken but a few hours in his company to realize that Captain de Ryes was no average sailor. The man had all the telltale markings of a gentleman, the type used to the company of ladies. Real ladies. Still, she could have listened to him talk for hours about Paris
a radiant smile on the Lord Admiral. Now all Julian could do was wait and see. In the next few moments he would discover just how much his wife wanted to see him hang. Or if she would trust him one more time. Whether he liked it or not, he felt his throat constrict, as if she were already tightening the noose. He coughed slightly, and Eustacia glanced up at him. “The dust,” he told her. “Really quite annoying.” Chapter 12 Lucky for Julien, he’d found safety behind Miss Cottwell’s skirt. For
remembered what she’d seen the night before—a lone sailor rowing out of the bay. Julien had joked that the man had been going to find his own true love, but she suspected now that the sailor had been sent to tell the British where to find the Alliance. And later, when she’d thought the ship had come adrift, he’d distracted her, kept her from discovering the truth. She flew to the door and tried to open it, only to find it locked. Infuriated, she searched the room again—this time for a weapon.
She squinted into the night at the ship anchored in the private harbor off Hawthorne Hall. “She’s a fine one, Ethan. Fleet and quick, just like you said she would be.” Her son beamed at her as he strode up the beach. A partner in D’Artiers Shipyard, Ethan was known for designing some of the most innovative and fastest ships in the world. “I used some of the clipper lines from our American ships but added some of the old lines from the Retribution.” He wiped at the chestnut lock falling over his