Dangerous in Diamonds by Madeline Hunter

By Madeline Hunter

Whilst the outrageously prosperous Duke of Castleford is bequeathed a small piece of estate that homes a modest flower store, he encounters its proprietor, the mysterious Daphne Joyes-a budding rose who quick turns into the article of his seduction.

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Her pride glowed at his praise. She had been stupid to be so worried. He had been a perfect gentleman while they strolled the paths outside. He had even held the lantern in a way that made them very visible from the house’s back windows. It appeared that he truly wanted to see how she was using the property and supporting the household with The Rarest Blooms. Now the lantern rested on the stones in front of the fireplace used to warm the greenhouse on the coldest nights. Castleford poked at some planting pots and admired the largest orange tree.

He politely asked early on after the gardens and this business called The Rarest Blooms. A mistake, that. He had listened to the ensuing detailed explanations for two hours now, barely managing not to yawn. Mrs. Hill served a simple meal of soup, cold ham, and finally a trifle probably whipped up just because he had intruded. Mrs. Joyes remained a chilled column of winter composure the whole time. Etiquette impeccable and expression serene, she entertained him with grace, speaking in a slow monotone that made his eyes want to cross.

Whatever games he hoped to play, nothing would happen unless she permitted it, and she intended to permit nothing at all. “It is impressive,” Castleford said, while he surveyed the plants in the greenhouse. ” Daphne heard no mockery in his voice. Her pride glowed at his praise. She had been stupid to be so worried. He had been a perfect gentleman while they strolled the paths outside. He had even held the lantern in a way that made them very visible from the house’s back windows. It appeared that he truly wanted to see how she was using the property and supporting the household with The Rarest Blooms.

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