Scandal of the Black Rose [NOOK Book]

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The dashing gentleman and the determined lady both pursue the secrets of the Black Rose Society. But what they discover is forbidden passion and a dangerous desire.

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Overview

The dashing gentleman and the determined lady both pursue the secrets of the Black Rose Society. But what they discover is forbidden passion and a dangerous desire.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780061753558
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/13/2009
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 413,805
  • File size: 501 KB

Meet the Author

Debra Mullins is the author of several historical romances for Avon Books. Her work has been nominated for the Golden Heart and RITA® Awards from Romance Writers of America and the Holt Medallion from Virginia Romance Writers. In 2003, she won the Golden Leaf Award from NJ Romance Writers for her book A Necessary Bride. A native of the east coast, she now lives in California.

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Scandal of the Black Rose


By Debra Mullins

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2005 Debra Mullins
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060799234

Chapter One

She had never felt so naked in her life.

Glancing furtively at the masked revelers who swarmed Vauxhall Gardens, Anna gave a discreet tug at the scandalously low-cut bodice of her favorite green evening dress. She had never worn the garment without the lace fichu, but these circumstances called for boldness.

I'm doing this for Anthony. The litany repeated in her head, playing harmony to her rising panic, as she trailed along behind the party ahead of her.

The evening had begun innocuously enough. She and her parents had accompanied some friends of her father's to the masquerade at Vauxhall Gardens. Everyone from the royal family to the poorest commoner wore a mask, adding an air of scandal to the otherwise mundane amusements. The entire park was lit with Chinese lanterns, the sounds of gaiety and music filling the air. She had been content to go along and simply observe the laughter, secure in the company of her family.

And then she had seen the ring.

Her gaze drifted to it again on the hand of one of the gentlemen she followed. A black rose crossed with a sword. It was this symbol that had given her the courage to slip away from the security of her party and follow these raucous youths down darkened paths to their lanternlit private dining area.

Coarse laughter drifted back to her from the group of Cyprians who had caught the eyes of the rakish gentlemen she pursued. It had been an easy thing to attach herself to the crowd and pretend she was just another doxy. The masks they all wore would protect her identity. And if they unmasked at midnight, she would make certain to be gone before then.

"Come in, ladies," the young man in the lead invited, with a sweep of his arm. His ring glittered in the dim light.

Sucking in a deep breath, Anna fell in line behind the gaudily dressed prostitutes. She tried not to goggle at the shocking décolletage of one woman's gown, the bodice so low that her ample breasts looked to be in danger of popping out of her bodice. Another of the disreputable females had clearly dampened her skirts, outlining her limbs in a most shocking manner. All of them wore flamboyant masks, their faces enhanced by heavily applied powder and brightly rouged lips and cheeks.

Next to the colorful lot of ladybirds, her unpainted lips and simple mask struck her as somewhat conspicuous. Part of her wanted to run away, back to the safety of well-lit paths and her father's old friends. But she couldn't leave. Not when she was so close to discovering the meaning of the symbol.

Their host blocked the door with his arm when she would have entered the dining area. "What have we here?" His mouth curved in a predatory smile. Behind his mask, his eyes glittered as he swept his greedy gaze over her body. "Aren't you a tasty-looking sweetmeat?"

His audacity struck her mute. Then he traced his fingers down her bare arm. She flinched away, her gaze falling on his ring with a cold kind of terror.

His smile became a scowl. "What's the matter, sweetheart? I'm not good enough for you?"

"Leave her be." A scantily clad doxy with brassy blond curls pushed to the front of the line. She leaned against the host and rubbed her barely clad breasts against his arm. "Can't ye see she's a new girl? I've got what a man like you wants." She held his gaze boldly, a knowing smile on her ruby red lips.

Slowly the masked man grinned, then traced a finger down the bare slope of her breast. "That you do, my beauty." He cast Anna a dismissive glance. "Go in, then."

Heart pounding with fear, she hurried into the lion's den.

Roman Devereaux lounged against one of the ornate Greek columns that framed the private dining area, pondering the madness that had possessed him to accompany his young friend to Vauxhall. In truth, he knew what had driven him to bypass Stumpleton's card party in favor of attending this foolish bacchanal. He'd been concerned that Peter had fallen in with too fast a crowd.

He needn't have worried about the lad. The rowdy cubs that Peter called friends gathered around the table with the giggling doxies, pouring wine and offering culinary delicacies to the females. Peter joined in the merriment, popping a bit of sliced fruit into the open mouth of a fetching little strumpet. The wench smacked her rosy lips, then whispered something in the boy's ear that made him blush to his widow's peak.

It seemed the only thing fast about this crowd was the speed with which Peter might be relieved of his trousers.

One of the women approached, eyeing Roman's tall form like a cat sizing up a bowl of rich cream. "Would you care for sommat to eat, my handsome friend?" "Not at the moment."

"Are you certain?" The painted blonde stroked teasing fingers down his arm. "I'll be happy to get you anything you like."

"Perhaps later." He held the tart's gaze until she accepted his rejection. With a pout, she turned on her heel, sauntering back to the group around the table.

Peter hurried over to him. "Rome, come eat with us."

"I'm not hungry."

"Oh, don't be such an old stick." Peter glanced back at the dark-haired doxy, who licked her lips in blatant invitation. "There's plenty to go around."

Rome merely shook his head. There was no mistaking the brightness in the boy's eyes; lust would have its way with youth, and common sense drifted away like smoke on the breeze. At thirty-three, he felt ancient by comparison. "Have a care for your purse, Peter. Leave some of your inheritance for your children."

"I will." The young man flashed him a grin and darted back to the table and the delights of the wench who awaited him.

Continues...


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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2013

    FABULOUS!!

    I love this author and this book! I have read it several times and even then I never get bored with it. It's a must read as far as I'm concerned!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2012

    Worth your time

    Great read, wonderful story, sucks you in from the first page! Well written and enjoyable, well worth your time...
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2007

    Scandal of the Black Rose

    Anna Rosewood is lost without her beloved twin brother. Knowing that it is up to her to make an advantageous marriage, Anna can't help but try and find out the real reason her twin died. It is in doing that very thing that Anna runs into Roman Deveraux in Vauxhall Gardens disguised as a loose woman. Roman Deveraux is in Vauxhall Gardens watching out for the younger brother of a friend. He is also investigating a secret society in which death seems to follow. Attending the party, he spies a beautiful and somewhat allusive woman he immediately wants to know better. Cornering her, the two share passionate kisses until she alludes him and scatters off into the night. It is not until the next day at his cousin's home that Roman realizes the woman he had been with was in actuality his cousin's newly betrothed fiancé. Then and there, the two realize who the other is and both are taken aback by the emotion that this knowing commands. Anna knows she needs to marry, Roman knows she needs to marry, but neither want her to marry Roman's cousin. Plus, they now have to get to the bottom of the Black Rose society's tendency to lose members to death. Scandal of the Black Rose took my breath away and I almost didn't find it. From the very start of this book I was taken aback by the imagery and emotions of both characters as well as their feelings for loved ones lost. Anna broke my heart yearning to find out the truth about her beloved brother and I wanted to hold her closely and assure her things would be okay. However, Roman beat me to it and his honor and loyalty to family almost completely did me in. I wanted him to stop being so honorable and grab what he wanted. Scandal of the Black Rose is tied to Two Weeks with a Stranger, also by Debra Mullins. I could not put this book down and can't wait to see what Ms. Mullins writes next. Talia Reviewed for Joyfully Reviewed

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2006

    A book every one should read

    The scandal of the black rose was a bool I really enjoyed. Based on my criteria of Conflicts and death, Romances, drama, Something out of it's place (surprising), Deals with scandal, super natural. In the book there are many conflict inflicted deaths, Which is some thing I love, Anthony her brother is a large example, His death is due to the conflict between him and The Black Rose Society. The drama in is every where in this book, Every thing, The society in it's self Is Drama, Peter's problem with not being able to get out of the society. A large part in books that has to be in the book is Dirty Romances, In this book the secret lust for Anna Rosewood and Roman Deveraux is very spicy and it throws curv balls every which way. It's there and It isn't sapposed to be, It is utterly perfect. The out of place part of the book is when Lavinia, walked into the part of a garden where Roman and Anna were having their Passion and She saw, It is just such a surprise that my gut turned over. It deals with more the scandal of Roman stealing Anna away from Marcus (Roman's cousin, Anna's Betrothed.) That is the scandal and it's out of this world how things happen with Roman and Anna. The only bad thing about this book on my criteria, was that the title was a bit misleading. I thought the book would have been about vampires, and it wasn't. So that took away from it a little of my criteria, But even though I have never been into books with out vampires or werewolves This book was a pleasant change. It was very good in my opinion.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    exciting Regency romantic suspense

    Her parents expect her to concentrate on marrying the Earl, Marcus Deveraux, but Anna Rosewood is distracted she vows to bring to justice the unknown assailant who murdered her twin brother Anthony. Her only clue is a letter Anthony had containing no words just a circle with pictures of a sword and black rose inside. At a Vauxhall Gardens masquerade party, Anna pretends to be a light skirt so that she can enter a pavilion with the same symbols as the letter contains. Working undercover for the government to uncover the person responsible for the dueling deaths of young aristocrats, Marcus¿ cousin, Roman Deveraux, sees Rose and makes a bid for her both are stunned by his kiss, but she flees. --- At a family dinner to introduce Anna to Marcus¿ family, ¿Rose¿ and Rome recognize one another. He wonders if she is taking his cousin for a ride so he investigates her while she continues her inquiries into her sibling¿s death while they also fall in love. However, he rejects his feelings because he refuses to cause the same type of scandal that his father once caused besides which he does not trust the enigmatic Rose. --- This exciting Regency romantic suspense catches the reader¿s attention on two levels that of who leads the mysterious sword and black rose gang and how the lead couple will come together without hurting the nice Marcus. The former is what brings Anna and Rome together though that also includes a strong dose of distrust while the latter turns into a delightful triangle and more. Historical romance fans will enjoy this fine thriller with a final shocker of a twist that leaves a secondary protagonist deserving a future tale. --- Harriet Klausner

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