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Three nights of danger . . .

When her brother was arrested for murder, the ton shut its doors to Marietta Winters. No one would help her save him from the gallows—no one but Gabriel Noble. In exchange for taking the case, Gabriel requests three favors from the desperate young beauty, and Marietta has no other choice but to make a deal with the sinfully handsome devil.

Three nights of pleasure . . .

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Overview

Three nights of danger . . .

When her brother was arrested for murder, the ton shut its doors to Marietta Winters. No one would help her save him from the gallows—no one but Gabriel Noble. In exchange for taking the case, Gabriel requests three favors from the desperate young beauty, and Marietta has no other choice but to make a deal with the sinfully handsome devil.

Three nights of pleasure . . .

Searching for clues in the rough underbelly of London, Marietta must masquerade as a shamelessly wanton wench—much to Gabriel's delight. But Marietta swears to herself that her passionate moans are just for show. She could never fall in love with such a maddening, arrogant, seductive stranger . . . could she?

Three nights of sin . . .

Night after night, she satisfies his wicked cravings. But soon Gabriel wants more from Marietta than just three nights of sin—and even a sordid secret in his past won't prevent him from trying to possess her forever.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061242410
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/29/2008
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 1,433,173
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author

Anne Mallory is a lifelong romance reader who soldher first novel to Avon Books after becoming a finalistin RWA’s Golden Heart contest. In Total Surrender isher eleventh book. A native Michigander, Anne currentlylives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Three Nights of Sin

Chapter One

London, 1825

The brass ring in the lion's mouth glimmered in the faint light of the gas lamps. Fierce yellow eyes surveyed her from above the loop, questioning her nerve. Marietta Winters curled trembling fingers around the bottom of the metal and forced it against the door knocker.

The brisk night air sliced into her skin. She adjusted her loathed shawl more tightly around her shoulders and pressed her ear closer to the door. Nothing.

She looked into the lion's eyes, swallowed, then rapped the knocker once more.

Silence echoed in the night, only the shifting breeze an answer to her desperation. She wondered if this was to be the end of her search—an empty hall and no one at home. Another closed door. The final nail in Kenny's coffin.

No. She couldn't think that way.

A faint trembling shook her. Nerves and stress and fear. She hadn't slept in days. Hadn't eaten a real meal in twice that time—a loaf of bread stretched between. Her older brother's insistence on no one knowing their straits had turned the food money into Mark's new cloak for the races, new boots for Kenny, and a shawl for her.

Utter stupidity.

And yet had she just kept her mouth shut . . . not argued with Mark—their row causing Kenny to flee the house . . .

The trembling grew worse. She had to hold it together. A broken rhythm caused her head to whip up. Footsteps, not tremors. Someone had paused for a moment. The footfalls grew nearer, the heavy clack of a man's boots pounding against a marble floor.

She straightened, inclined her head and triedto still the desperate beat of her heart.

The steps stopped on the other side of the oak frame. Please, oh please, let him be at home. She had nowhere else to go. All other doors had been closed.

The oak swung with nary a sound, nary a creak.

She squinted at the sudden brilliance. A large man leaned against the door, bright light from the hall backlighting him and casting his features into relief.

"Yes?"

His voice was gravelly. And annoyed. No pleasantries, then. Not that she had expected any. No respectable woman would be calling at this hour of the night. Rockwood had urged her to send a note in the morning to set up a meeting, but she couldn't afford to wait that long—she'd never avoid the mob during the daylight hours. And Rockwood, with his talk of this mysterious man, had given her a thread of hope that she couldn't bear for sleep to break.

"I need to speak to Mr. Noble." She wished her voice was stronger, calmer.

The man looked past her, scanning the street, before returning his gaze. She wished she could see his features beyond the shadowy contours of his face. "Bit of an odd time to be calling for tea."

She clutched her reticule. "Yes. But it is urgent that I speak with Mr. Noble." She swallowed. "Please."

"Mr. Noble isn't taking visitors this time of night. Return in the morning." His voice was still gruff, but the edge that had been there before softened into something deep and crisp.

Her pride had once been a mile wide. So fierce and strong that she'd thought she could survive on the trait alone. The constant ache in her belly, the desperation, Kenny's fate . . . allhad shown her otherwise. She fumbled in her reticule for the card she had stuffed there two hours ago. "Please. I can't return in the morning. Please. Here." She thrust the card forward. Anything, anything, to gain her entrance.

His shadowed eyes surveyed her for a long moment. Long fingers reached forward to grip the card. She let his fingers remove it from hers with reluctance, taking the chance that this man, this servant, might rip it in two. He gave the card a cursory glance and flipped it over his fingers, the card traveling down to his smallest finger and than flipping back. A game for him, but that card represented her brother's life. His eyes held hers, piercing through the shadows.

She tilted her chin up. Her pride may have been trampled, but her determination ran deep. She would see Mr. Noble.

Something changed in the man's posture, though she couldn't pinpoint what in the dark. He stepped back. She offered up a quick prayer and ducked inside.

The hall was lovely, the address expensive, so it shouldn't have surprised her, but the gold, navy, and mahogany shades were tasteful and elegant without being overstated. Mr. Noble was obviously someone who showed his wealth well.

She turned to say something and felt her mouth drop before she snapped it close.

"Thank you for letting me wait inside." She gripped her reticule to keep her hands steady. As if throwing herself on the mercy of a stranger in the dead of night wasn't enough to disconcert her . . .

Tall and rather well made, the disheveled but expensive cut of his clothing displayed strong shoulders with no padding in sight. There was considerably less clothing on thisman than she was accustomed to seeing. Jacket, vest, cravat, and anything else that he might have worn had been shed so that he sported only a white shirt, open at the collar, and black trousers. He was slimmer than the boxing brute she had first thought him, though by no means skinny. She swallowed, refining her first thought—he was extremely well made.

And his face . . . A wave of warmth caressed her from the roots of her hair to the tips of her toes. Long dark lashes brushed over brilliant green eyes. Eyes that most women would kill for. But no woman would call him pretty. His cheekbones were too stark. His jaw too strong.

A compelling face, arresting, sensual. He had a masculine beauty that was nearly otherworldly.

Three Nights of Sin. Copyright ? by Anne Mallory. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    terrific Regency romantic whodunit

    In 1825, the aristocracy shows its fickleness when they shut out Marietta Winters following the arrest of her brother Kenny for the Middlesex Murder. Impoverished with no place to go, Marietta learns that mysterious Gabriel Noble might be able to help her, but she cannot pay his fee whatever that is as her other brother spendthrift Mark has bankrupted them. --- Still desperate to save her brother from hanging, Marietta visits Gabriel. He demands she provide him with three favors in remittance for his help. Her reputation ruined by her sibling¿s scandal anyway and with a need to save his life, she agrees to THREE NIGHTS OF SIN. Initially he just has her assist him on his investigation. Soon she falls in love with Gabriel, but fears once the case is solved he will dump her. --- The premise of paying her debt in sex has been used before, but Marietta and Gabriel refreshes it with their teaming on the homicide investigation although their falling in love is deftly handled. Gabriel feels the son of a butler and a governess is not good enough for an aristocrat so though he has changed from THREE NIGHTS OF SIN to needing forever, he plans to let his beloved go Marietta thinks otherwise as she has found her love. The murder mystery is well done, but it is the relationship that makes Ann Mallory¿s Regency tale into a terrific romantic whodunit. --- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2008

    A fabulous keeper from Anne Mallory!

    Marietta Winters is desperate. Her younger brother has been arrested and accused of being the Middlesex murderer. Her older brother is a spendthrift who has reduced the family to dire straits. A family friend recommends she seek out the help of Gabriel Noble, who is well known for helping people, at a price -- 10,000 pounds or three favors. Since Marietta has no money, she has no choice but to choose the three favors. Gabriel also tells her that she will help in the investigation when he requires it. Their investigation draws them closer together and eventually uncovers secrets that Gabriel has never told anyone. ****** When I pick up an Anne Mallory book, I totally expect a wonderful romance and a great mystery. This book, however, has a fantastic, extremely sexy romance and a superb mystery. The chemistry between Marietta and Gabriel is sizzling, to say the least. I felt like I really knew these characters intimately (as much as they knew each other). And they stayed with me long after I closed the last page. In my eyes, THAT is a sign of a great book. The mystery was outstanding and had me guessing until the villain was revealed. And even then, I was shocked! Simply marvelous. Ms. Mallory's descriptions and settings are so detailed that I felt like I was there in the story. Another sign of a great book -- and in my opinion, this is Ms. Mallory's best book yet! So, if you like dark, sexy, emotional romance, this book is for you. I highly recommend it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2013

    MMMmmmmm

    Delicious!!!!!!

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  • Posted August 26, 2013

    This book was such a wonderful surprise. I enjoy romance novels

    This book was such a wonderful surprise. I enjoy romance novels, some better than others but this book was so much more not only was it hot and steamy but it was a murder mystery with a twist that you don't really see coming until almost the end. Wow!

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  • Posted December 19, 2012

    Exceptional

    The mysterious and dark hero, the fiesty and stubborn damsel in distress, the tension between the two characters. How the Hero gets caught in is own "web" when he falls hard for the heroine. Highly recommend.

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  • Posted July 15, 2010

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    Gabriel and Marietta- LOVED IT!

    OMG if this lead (Gabriel Noble) were a real man, I think I would turn into a courtesan just to get into his bed! (I think I just may "swoon" thinking about it) I loved this story and their romance to no end and can't get enough of Anne Mallory's books! All of her characters, even secondary characters are charming, witting, intense, sensual and are easy to get absorbed into. A definite for your permanent library as I keep reading her books over and over again and can't wait for any new ones she has coming out!!

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  • Posted May 6, 2010

    Intensely Gripping Mystery and Extremely Steamy

    Anne Mallory is a talented author who in this novel, took a romance read up to an intense murder mystery level that leaves you hanging until the end. The material is surprisingly intense. Counter playing the suspenseful criminal aspect is a sizzling romantic adventure that gets better and better.

    One of my favorites yet!

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  • Posted May 30, 2009

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    Loved It!

    I love Anne Mallory and I think she did a great job with this one. The book was very interesting, and the characters were alive. It was a page turner with some mystery and lots of romance. I really enjoyed and I hope you do to. I can't wait for more books like this one.
    ENJOY!

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  • Posted April 20, 2009

    Amazing!

    I absolutely loved it! I couldn't put it down for one moment.

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  • Posted March 19, 2009

    Unbelievable!!!

    This book is great. I couldn't stop reading it. It caught my attention from the first page.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2009

    Okay. Could have been better.

    Just okay. I wanted the female lead character to be a lot more glamorous. Mallory wrote her as plain which was not nearly as fun or exciting as it could have been. Also, not as realistic since the male lead was written to be incredibly handsome.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2008

    Passionate, Sexy, and Entertaining! 5 Stars

    Three Nights of Sin is passionate, sexy and entertaining-- the dialogue shines, the plot pace is quick, and the pages turned fast until I reached the end. -- Marietta yearns for independence and love a place of her own in the restrictive world of late Regency London. With her family's coffers completely empty and reputation in shambles, Marietta sets aside her pride and strikes a deal with the enigmatic and devilishly sexy Gabriel Noble --for the sake of her dear brother who is in serious trouble with the authorities. By promising Gabriel three favors in return for his legal services, Marietta effectively closes the door on all dreams of independence -- and most of all the possibility of finding true love and having a family of her own. -- The mysterious Gabriel Noble has made sacrifices of his own. He knows what is like to be alone, to be desperate, to be utterly hopeless in the world. Now that he has obtained his hard fought independence, he excels at his profession and commands sizable payments for his services. When Marietta arrives at his door, humiliated, hungry, penniless and all alone, he demands the highest price possible: she must do everything he says. He will do all in his power to free her brother, but in turn the once carefree Marietta must belong to Gabriel until the three favors are fulfilled. -- In the USA Today Best Selling novel, Three Nights of Sin, Ms. Mallory delivers a sensuous romance, a memorable hero and heroine 'the sensual chemistry between these two is hot and sultry!', a mystery that kept me guessing until Gabriel and Marietta discover the truth, and interesting secondary characters who add to this well rounded story. -- The sacrifices Marietta and Gabriel make for others and for each other make them characters I would follow anywhere. I'm thoroughly captivated by Marietta Winters and Gabriel Noble, theirs is a story about two people in search for their place in the world. They meet and work together under the most difficult circumstances and in the end they're rewarded with true love---and the gift of building their own world--together.--

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2008

    Fantastic romantic mystery

    Anne Mallory's newest is one of the best Regency-era books ever! Sexy Gabriel and feisty Marietta solve the mystery of the Middlesex Murderer (not her brother(s), thank goodness) and fall in love. You'll wonder how things will ever work out for them, but you'll be so glad they did. Excellent!

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