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Callie Albright appeared in my very first book, Red Roses Mean Love, as a precocious five-year-old who loved tea parties. Now she’s all grown up and on her way to London to attend Queen Victoria’s coronation and to announce her own engagement. A stop in the village where she spent her childhood brings her in contact with a man and an antique mirror-- and both will change her destiny.
Heart’s Desire by Jacquie D’Alessandro (Approximate word count is 16,600) First published in the Masters of Seduction, an Anthology in 2011 Original Copyright 2011 � Jacquie D’Alessandro Ebook Copyright 2011 � Jacquie D’Alessandro Cover Copyright 2012 � Jacquie D’Alessandro Ebook ISBN: 9781476205144 Ebook edition published by D’Alessandro Associates, Inc., August 2012 All rights reserved. No part of this book may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever, in any form by any
before she could gather her scattered wits, he was gone. A frustrated sound she couldn’t contain burst from between her lips, and she all but stomped her way down the gravel path leading to the lake, making her wish she’d taken the time to exchange the soft-bottomed satin slippers that matched her gown for sturdier footwear. Yet what was a little discomfort at this point? Her one opportunity to kiss him was gone. There would be no other chance to get him alone. No other prospect for privacy.
her. Well, now he knew. Christ, he’d pawed her. Jerked up her skirts. He’d practically mauled her. And if sanity hadn’t returned when it did, he would have completely compromised her. He sucked in a shaky breath and opened his eyes. Callie stood in front of him, her hair a tumble of messy curls courtesy of his impatient hands, her lips moist and swollen from the onslaught of his kisses. Her eyes were huge and filled with unmistakable shock. And riveted upon him. Shame and self-loathing filled
return. Her gaze flicked over his shoulder to the archway that led to the back room. Then she looked at him again, and he felt the impact of that clear, blue-green gaze right down to the soles of his feet. “I’m guessing I’ve interrupted you from unearthing another treasure.” He had to swallow twice to locate his voice, a fact that genuinely irked him. Normally he wouldn’t consider himself inarticulate, but something about her could, in the blink of an eye, strip him of his finesse. Turn him
Plus, his haggling skills are formidable.” “You have some lovely pieces.” Her gaze drifted to the glass counter. “One in particular caught my interest.” He immediately knew which piece in the display she meant. “The oval mirror pendant with the silver filigree edge.” She laughed. “How did you know?” Because he’d thought of her the instant he’d seen it. Had known she’d adore the palm-sized piece that could be worn as either a brooch or a pendant, would love the glittering emeralds cut to look