Independent Alyssa Carrington had run her father's english estate for years. But before his death, he autioned carlton house to the highest bidder leaving her penniless. With no means to support herself, she was at the mercy of the new lord of the Manor- The dashing duke of Gillingham. Now the ladies man welcomed Alyssa into rooms that were once her own especially the master's bedroon.
Captured in his hunting gaze, the copper haired beauty felt her strong will weaken as ashe was torn between the illicit passion and her dreams of wedded bliss. She would need to risk both to capture the reckless peer and become the mistress of his heart......
oh but there's more, you find yourself interwoven in this love story as well as the tying plot that brings it all together.
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Leisure Books (Mm) (December 1995)
Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.2 x 1 inches
Having purchased Westgate Manor at an impromptu auction from Lord Jeremy Carrington, Morgan Ashton, Duke of Gillingham, has come to claim ownership. He wants to give the manor to his brother as a wedding present. He doesn't expect to find Lord Carrington's daughter running the place-- and completely unaware that her father has sold the manor out from under her. Enchanted by the beguiling Alyssa, Morgan is appalled to discover she has no place to go and no money thanks to her father's gambling debts. After an evening of shared desire, Morgan makes her an offer-- to protect her and take care of her as long as she remains his mistress. Losing her home to the Duke of Gillingham is horrifying-- even though Alyssa knew her father would someday gamble it away. It doesn't take long for Alyssa to become wildly infatuated with the charming, handsome duke. She has led a quiet, sheltered life, resigned to being a spinster. But Morgan sweeps her off her feet, taking her to heights of passion she never dreamed possible. She mistakenly assumes Morgan's offer of the protection of his name is a marriage proposal. When she discovers that his intentions are quite different, Alyssa is offended and humiliated. How can he tell her how special their relationship is and then expect her to remain hidden in the shadows of his life? Broken hearted, Alyssa refuses to become Morgan's mistress. The consequences of their brief affair pull Alyssa and Morgan back together. Morgan had once vowed never to marry again after a disastrous first marriage, but he finds himself proposing to Alyssa and deluding himself as to the real reason. Alyssa accepts, hoping that Morgan won't some day regret his decision. She loves him, but will he ever love her? The passion that brought them together will be the foundation for a love neither of them expected.Passion and a hint of intrigue make Intimate Betrayal an absolute must-read! Adrienne Basso builds sexual tension to a satisfying crescendo!