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Origin (Lux #4) Rome (Marked Men #3)

And Colin was everything anyone could dream of in a fiancé. He stuck to her side like glue the entire evening, and Penelope didn't even think he was doing it to protect her from gossip. In all truth, he seemed rather oblivious to the talk.

Penelope's lips parted with surprise. No one had ever even thought to accuse her of such before. It was unbelievable ... unthinkable ... and...Rather flattering, actually.

Because of Low (Sea Breeze #2)

Penelope felt her mouth sliding into a sly smile, and she leaned forward, as if getting ready to impart news of great import.Lady Danbury leaned forward.Felicity and Eloise leaned forward.wDo you know what I think, Lady Danbury?" Penelope asked, in a compellinglysoft voice.wWell," Lady D said, a wicked gleam in her eye, "I would tell you that I am breathless with anticipation, but you've already told me once before that you think that I am Lady Whistledown."wAre you?"

Easy Kisses (Boudreaux #4)

Lady Danbury smiled archly. "Maybe I am."Felicity and Eloise gasped again, louder this time.

Penelope's stomach lurched.wAre you admitting it?" Eloisewhispered.wOf course I'm not admitting it," Lady Danbury barked, straightening her spineand thumping her cane against thefloor with enough force to momentarily stop the four amateur musicians in their warm-up.wEven if it were true—and I'm not saying whether or not itis—would I be fool enough to admit it?"wThen why did yousay—"wBecause, you ninnyhead, I'm trying to makea point."

She then proceeded to fall silent until Penelope was forced to ask, "Which is?"He rocked on his heels for a moment, then said, "Well, I shouldn't keep you out here in the rain."

She smiled, since they'd been standing outside for at least fifteen minutes. Still, if he wanted to continue with the ruse, she would do so as well. "I'm the one with the parasol," she pointed out.His lips curved slightly. "So you are. But still, I wouldn't be much of a gentleman if I didn't steer you toward a more hospitable environment. Speaking of which..." He frowned, looking around.wSpeaking of what?"wOf being a gentleman. I believe we're supposed to see to the welfare of ladies."wAnd?"

Aftermath (Sirantha Jax #5)

He crossed his arms. "Shouldn't you have a maid with you?"wI live just around the corner," she said, a little bit deflated that he didn't remember that. She and her sister were best friends with two of his sisters, after all. He'd even walked her home once or twice. "On Mount Street," she added, when his frown did not dissipate.He squinted slightly, looking in the direction of Mount Street, although she had no idea what he hoped to accomplish by doing so.wOh, for heaven's sake, Colin. It's just near the corner of Davies Street. It can't be more than a five-minute walk to your mother's. Four, if I'm feeling exceptionally sprightly."wI was just looking to see if there were any darkened or recessed spots." He turned back to face her.wWhere a criminal might lurk."wIn Mayfair?"wIn Mayfair," he said grimly. "I really think you ought to have a maid accompany you when you journey to and fro. I should hate for something to happen to you."

She was oddly touched by his concern, even though she knew he would have extended equal thoughtfulness to just about every female of his acquaintance. That was simply the sort of man he was.wI can assure you that I observe all of the usual proprieties when I am traveling longer distances," she said. "But truly, this is so close. Just a few blocks, really. Even my mother doesn't mind."Colin's jaw suddenly looked quite stiff.wNot to mention," Penelope added, "that I am eight-and-twenty."wWhat has that to do with anything? I am three-and-thirty, if you care to know."

She knew that, of course, since she knew almost everything about him. "Colin," she said, a slightly annoyed whine creeping into her voice.wPenelope," he replied, in exactly the sametone.She let out a long exhale before saying, "I am quite firmly on the shelf, Colin. I needn't worry about all of the rules that plagued me when I was seventeen."wI hardly think—"

One of Penelope's hands planted itself on her hip. "Ask your sister if you don't believe me."He suddenly looked more serious than she had ever seen him. "I make it a point not to ask my sister on matters that relate to common sense."wColin!" Penelope exclaimed. "That's a terriblething to say."wI didn't say I don't love her. I didn't even say I don't like her. I adore Eloise, as you well know.

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