By Candace Camp
Notwithstanding Kyria Moreland is gorgeous sufficient to earn the sobriquet ''The Goddess'' and wealthy adequate to draw London's such a lot wanted gents, she has but to discover love and refuses to marry with no it. while she gets an odd package deal less than mysterious conditions, she is faced with risk, homicide and a good-looking American whose future is entwined with hers . . .
Rafe McIntyre has sufficient allure to seduce any lady, yet his delicate façade hides a sour earlier. nonetheless, he has visible adequate of the realm to grasp Kyria is at risk, and he refuses to allow her resolve the riddle of this package deal on my own. yet even he's mesmerized via the occasions that spread as Kyria starts off to deal with the secret positioned to her by means of the arriving of a invaluable antiquity. Who despatched her this treasure steeped in legend? And who's prepared to homicide to assert its secrets and techniques and its glory for themselves?
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I suppose it's possible. I don't know. I'm not sure what the ending of the word was. " Kyria asked. " Reed nodded. "It makes more sense that he sent it to Kyria because of the diamond. We all know that she loves gems. " All around the table, heads nodded in agreement. They were all silent for a moment, looking at the reliquary. Then the duke said, "You know, Kyria, that chap I mentioned last night--Jennings? Actually, he lives not that far from here. Only a few hours' ride. It wouldn't be too difficult to take this over and show it to him, get his opinion.
When they arrived at the house, a groom hurried to take their horses, and a footman eagerly opened the door to them. "My lady," he said with obvious relief, reaching out to take Kyria's hat and riding crop. " Kyria's interest was instantly aroused. " She glanced over at Rafe and saw that his attention, too, had been caught by the word foreign. "He is in the blue parlor," John went on. " Kyria could well imagine that her father, after the events of the past few days, had probably locked himself in his workshop and would not come out until supper, if then.
The box was elegant in its simplicity, and the diamond was stunning. Because of her father's hobby, she was accustomed to pieces of astonishing rarity and beauty, but it still amazed her to think of the depth of artistry in the carving and the skill it had taken to hide the latch of the box--for surely it must open somehow. And to think that a gem of such magnificence had been mined so long ago... She remembered how it had looked, how smooth the ivory had felt beneath her hands... the weight of it...