THE PAID COMPANION by AMANDA QUICK
The Earl of St. Merryn needs a woman. His intentions are
purely practicalhe simply wants someone sensible and
suitably lovely to pose as his betrothed for a few weeks
among polite society. He has his own agenda to pursue, and
a false fiancée will keep the husband-hunters at bay while
he goes about his business. The simplest solution is to
hire a paid companion.
Finding the right candidate proves more of a challenge
than he expected. But when he encounters Miss Elenora
Lodge, the fire in her golden eyes sways him to make a
Her sorry financial circumstancesand dreams of a
life of independenceconvince her to accept. But St.
Merryn appears to be hiding a secret or two, and things
seem oddly amiss in his gloomy London home. Elenora soon
discovers that this lark will be a far more dangerous
adventure than she'd been led to believe. And the Earl of
St. Merryn will find that the meek and mild companion he'd
initially envisioned has become a partner in his quest to
catch a killerand an outspoken belle of the ball who
stirs a bothersome passion in his practical heart.
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