Three Nights of Sin

Three Nights of Sin

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by Anne Mallory
     
 

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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

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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 . . .

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061753992
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/17/2009
Sold by:
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
88,556
File size:
891 KB

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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.

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 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Delicious!!!!!!
red669 More than 1 year ago
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!
LadyScarlet More than 1 year ago
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.
WantonWoman More than 1 year ago
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!!
PaulaFL More than 1 year ago
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!
iw0619 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved it! I couldn't put it down for one moment.
lifeisbeautiful More than 1 year ago
This book is great. I couldn't stop reading it. It caught my attention from the first page.
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