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From number 1 ny instances bestselling writer Iris Johansen comes a vintage story of opposites attracting—and discovering love within the so much unforeseen places.
When P.I. Honey Winston is employed to thieve incriminating letters from traveling dignitary Prince Rubinoff, she’s ready for a perilous venture which can finish her occupation. but if she blows her conceal, she unearths that the amused prince is every little thing the media have made him out to be: half Adonis, half playboy—and irresistibly charismatic. the matter is, the sensation is mutual. Intrigued, the prince is set to maintain his lovely younger trespasser via his part so long as attainable.
For he’s by no means met someone rather as bold, or breathtaking, as Honey. With the tables grew to become, Prince Rubinoff has Honey appointed his own bodyguard. The professional cause is an assassination plot. in actual fact way more dangerous….
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Honey took a drink of her espresso, probably not tasting it, her gaze fastened unhappily at the smooth floral layout on her cup. “I noticed,” she acknowledged. “Are you as captivated with your leisure pursuits, Alex? ” “Hobby? ” His darkish eyes narrowed on her face. “Painting isn’t a pastime with Lance; it’s a full-scale ardour. Didn’t you spot any of his paintings earlier than he close himself into his studio? ” She shook her head. “He couldn’t be stricken to do whatever yet pat me at the head and ship me off to play,” she stated. She appeared up, a flicker of interest piercing the damage. “If portray is this type of ardour for him, why haven’t I examine it within the tabloids? He definitely makes no attempt to prevent exposure. His life’s an open publication. ” “Is it? ” Alex requested ironically. “I imagine you’ll locate if you get to grasp Lance a bit larger that he’s an intensely inner most individual in regards to the issues he cares approximately. If an merchandise appears to be like within the gossip column, you’ll recognize that Lance doesn’t provide a rattling approximately it. I doubt if greater than 5 humans on the planet be aware of that he’s an artist. ” He lifted his cup in a bit salute. “You could be commemorated, Honey. ” “Is he any solid? ” Honey requested. “Good? ” A curious smile lifted the corners of his lips. “Yes, i believe you may say he’s strong. do you want to determine one in every of his work? ” “You have one the following? ” “In the library,” Alex acknowledged, emerging to his ft. “It’s a portrait of my grandfather. Lance gave it to me for my birthday final yr. ” His darkish eyes have been veiled. “I think it's possible you'll locate it fairly attention-grabbing. ” Honey’s first effect as she entered the book-lined library used to be how small the room was once. Then she learned with a feeling of concern that the room was once relatively spacious; it used to be the big portrait at the wall over the table that used to be dwarfing and dominating the room and generating that curious shrinking influence. Karim Ben Raschid was once wearing the normal gowns of his barren region humans, yet that used to be the one traditional element of the portrait. His booted ft have been crossed and propped insolently on a major table, which was once as sleekly glossy as he was once approximately barbaric. “A wily previous cutthroat,” Lance had known as him, and it was once all there within the powerful, sensual face and glowing darkish eyes that have been so like Alex’s personal. yet there has been extra, too. there has been decision within the set of that bearded chin and a undeniable tenderness within the curve of his lips. Or used to be it mockery? She moved ahead in compulsive fascination. No, she used to be definite it was once tenderness. She shook her head in bewilderment as she spotted a fugitive satan within the depths of these ebony eyes, which had at the start no longer been obvious. The extra she regarded, the extra that was once published to her. “Well? ” Alex’s voice was once amused, and he or she may suppose his eyes on her from the place he leaned indolently opposed to the doorjamb. “Is it nearly as good as i believe it's? ” Honey requested in a hushed voice, no longer taking her eyes from the portray. “It’s the main strong portrait I’ve ever noticeable! ” “It’s great,” Alex agreed quietly. “And it’s no longer even his top paintings. Lance prefers to not paint an individual he has a private attachment to.