By Rosemary Rogers

Legacy of danger

Headstrong yet sheltered, Raine Wimbourne longs for adventure--and while her sick father unearths a heavily guarded mystery, she seizes her likelihood. Disguised as England's such a lot infamous highwayman, Raine vows to uphold her father's legacy as champion of the bad. Then a nighttime stumble upon with the strong Philippe Gautier indicates her the cost of keeping her family's honor...

A hostage heart

Philippe Gautier has a challenge of his own--and the gorgeous impostor he's offering to justice might carry the most important to saving his brother's existence. he'll cease at not anything to maintain Raine shut. yet as they go back and forth from the city homes of London to the streets of France, can he persuade his untamed captive to hazard all of it at the promise of ardour?

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Says the Child of Calamity. 'O, come, now, Eddy,' says Jimmy, 'show up; you must a kept part of that bar'l to prove the thing by. ' 'Say, boys,' says Bill, 'less divide it up. Thar's thirteen of us. ' Ed got up mad and said they could all go to some place which he ripped out pretty savage, and then walked off aft cussing to himself, and they yelling and jeering at him, and roaring and laughing so you could hear them a mile. 'Boys, we'll split a watermelon on that,' says the Child of Calamity; and he come rummaging around in the dark amongst the shingle bundles where I was, and put his hand on me.

Now let me have a say. " I says-- '"I thought it too, when I went off watch"--we was standing six hours on and six off--"but the boys told me," I says, "that the raft didn't seem to hardly move, for the last hour," says I, "though she's a slipping along all right, now," says I. He give a kind of a groan, and says-- '"I've seed a raft act so before, along here," he says, "'pears to me the current has most quit above the head of this bend durin' the last two years," he says. 'Well, he raised up two or three times, and looked away off and around on the water.

The river was an awful solitude, then. And it is now, over most of its stretch. But at the close of the fortnight they one day came upon the footprints of men in the mud of the western bank--a Robinson Crusoe experience which carries an electric shiver with it yet, when one stumbles on it in print. They had been warned that the river Indians were as ferocious and pitiless as the river demon, and destroyed all comers without waiting for provocation; but no matter, Joliet and Marquette struck into the country to hunt up the proprietors of the tracks.

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