“The unfed lust of man has but one goal—to destroy the courage of an innocent soul.”

Caitlyn just stared at Darien. She knew he must be confused at seeing her escaping the brothel under the disguise of night and dressed as a man. No explanation would satisfy him. She certainly couldn’t tell him she had gone to see the women who worked for him and give them their weekly supply of …

“Bella means beauty, something you most definitely are.”

Ruben shrugged. “People will always gossip, Bella.” She pulled her hand away. “Why did you call me that?” “I didn’t mean to overstep my place, but I had to say it,” he explained. Reaching to her, his fingers ran along the soft, pale skin of her cheek. “Bella means beauty, something you most definitely are.” …

“My husband and I don’t share a room, Jarrah.”

Lifting the pillow to his nose, Jarrah breathed deep the sweet scent he knew to be Emily’s. His senses instantly responded, his groin aching for the mere touch of her skin against his again. “My husband and I don’t share a room, Jarrah,” she remarked from the doorway, forcing him to turn around suddenly. “You’ll …

“I have to save her. I have to be with her!”

Devon’s steps were measured, suddenly fearful what was to become of Lotte and himself. “What are you going to do with us?” “Whatever I want, my boy.” George smiled evilly at them. Without warning, Devon lunged at the older man, struggling with him for the weapon. George fought back strongly, until Devon feared he would …

“Bella means beauty, something you most definitely are.”

He shrugged. “People will always gossip, Bella.” She pulled her hand away. “Why did you call me that?” “I didn’t mean to overstep my place, but I had to say it,” he explained. Reaching to her, his fingers ran along the soft, pale skin of her cheek. “Bella means beauty, something you most definitely are.” …

“I would much rather spend the rest of this night with you.”

Avarice reached across the table for her hand and squeezed it gently. “I haven’t come here for several years to rent a room or any of the women. If you find me here now, then it will only be to collect money for my father.” A small smile spread across Charity’s lips. “Yet you agreed …

“I want both of us to stay alive long enough for you to do the job I’m willing to pay you for.”

“You have been hard to forget,” he muttered. Her sudden uncomfortable state forced his gaze down to the contents of his glass. Sculling the rest of the drink, he stepped toward her, reaching out to place the empty glass on the desk beside her. “How can you be certain your sister didn’t drown?” “She was …