“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 …

“I wanted to see you before I left town.”

“What would you have me do?” Daniel asked. “Pretend that this man chasing my sister is genuine and not some money-grabbing monster?” “You don’t know him,” she tried again. “Neither does she,” he said, his voice raised. “And neither do you.” Beth went to walk past him, following Hannah’s direction out the back of the …

“I’ll take my chemise off if you take your trousers off.”

Patrick walked toward the waterhole, the sound of his father’s departing carriage drifting off in the distance behind him. He had come here to swim several times over the years, finding it a welcomed solace from the heat in this country. Was that why Hannah had invited him here? He could think of no other …