By Mary Balogh
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To new acquaintances,” he said, looking very directly into her eyes in the flickering light of the candles. ” She smiled, touched the rim of her glass to his and drank. Her hand was steady, she was relieved to find, but she felt almost as if a decision had been made, a pact sealed. ” he suggested after the waiters had withdrawn and closed the door behind them. He indicated the plates of cold meats and steaming vegetables, the basket of fresh breads, the bowl of fruit. She was hungry, she realized suddenly, but she was not at all sure she would be able to eat.
He was almost frighteningly handsome, though why there should be anything fearsome about good looks she would have found difficult to explain. Perhaps it was his confidence, his arrogance more than his looks that had her wishing she could go back to the greenroom and change her answer. They seemed very much alone together, though two waiters were bringing food and setting it silently on the table. Or perhaps it was his sensual appeal and the certain knowledge that he wanted her. He held his glass aloft and extended his hand halfway across the table.
He looked up into her eyes, the task completed. ” he asked. ” His implication was obvious. But he was, of course, right though not in quite the way he meant. She smiled back at him. “I have promised you a week, my lord,” she said. ” “Quite right,” he said. “You shall have your hackney, then, and keep your secrets. ” “I trust you may be right, my lord,” she said with all the coolness she could muster, preceding him to the door. CHAPTER THREE JULIAN WAS FEELING weary, cold and irritable by the time Bertrand Hollander’s hunting box hove into view at dusk on a particularly gray and cheerless afternoon, two days before Christmas.
A Regency Christmas III by Mary Balogh