His heart may be the last thing she ever steals...
Marlowe is a pickpocket, a housebreaker-and a better actress than any professional on the stage. She runs with the Covent Garden Cubs, a gang of thieves living in the slums of London's Seven Dials. It's a fierce life, and Marlowe has a hard outer shell. But when she's alone, she allows herself to think of a time before-a dimly remembered life when she was called Elizabeth.
Maxwell, Lord Dane, is intrigued when his brother, a hired investigator, ropes him into his investigation of the fiercely beautiful hellion. He teaches her to navigate the social morass of the ton, but Marlowe will not escape so easily. Instead, Dane is drawn into her dangerous world, where the student becomes the teacher and love is the greatest risk of all.
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In this excerpt from Earls Just Want to Have Fun, Marlowe, a thief from the slums of London, is obliged to attend a Society ball. Her escort, Lord Dane, is having a difficult time resisting her charms, though he knows to do otherwise could cause scandal.
He should play the gentleman. He knew the rules. A gentleman did not lead a lady into the darkness where the couple could not be observed. A gentleman did not draw a lady against him. A gentleman did not steal kisses from someone to whom he was not betrothed.
But Dane could not stop himself. He didn’t understand it. He’d never had trouble resisting such temptations before. But with Marlowe Dane suddenly felt so bloody sick of playing the gentleman. He paused in the darkness behind a hedge and turned to face her. In the shadows, he could see little of her, save the white of her gloves. He took a step toward her, pulling her into his arms. She didn’t resist. He wished she would. He wished someone would stop him because he feared once he took this step he would never be able to go back. Once he kissed her, he would never be able to resist doing so again.