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My Heart's Desire by Andrea Kane

My Heart's Desire by Andrea Kane

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London’s high society assumes that Alexandria Cassell, a lady of impeccable lineage, is eager to wed the first suitable aristocrat who proposes. But Alexandria despises the shallow mindlessness of London society. Craving adventure, she steals down to the docks and stows away aboard a merchant ship bound for Canada.

Drake Barrett loves the open seas. As captain of his own vessel, he can escape his life as a duke, where he would be doomed to the empty chatter of glittering ballrooms. But when he finds a delicate beauty aboard ship, he forgets everything but a man’s desires. From a fleeting island paradise to a country caught in the sudden crossfire of war, Drake and Alexandria give in to a passion that just might reveal their true passions . . . if a shocking act of treachery doesn’t separate them forever.
London’s high society assumes that Alexandria Cassell, a lady of impeccable lineage, is eager to wed the first suitable aristocrat who proposes. But Alexandria despises the shallow mindlessness of London society. Craving adventure, she steals down to the docks and stows away aboard a merchant ship bound for Canada.

Drake Barrett loves the open seas. As captain of his own vessel, he can escape his life as a duke, where he would be doomed to the empty chatter of glittering ballrooms. But when he finds a delicate beauty aboard ship, he forgets everything but a man’s desires. From a fleeting island paradise to a country caught in the sudden crossfire of war, Drake and Alexandria give in to a passion that just might reveal their true passions . . . if a shocking act of treachery doesn’t separate them forever.

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Publish date: Oct 2, 2012
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Chapter 1
SHE WAS FREE.
The irony of the thought made Alexandria smile.Here she stood, in the unprotected shadows of night,amid the deserted warehouses of London’s unsavorydocks. She was totally alone but for a relentlessdream and a well thought out plan to guide her. Yetshe felt no fear, only exhilaration. She had waitedlong enough. It was time.She inched her way through the narrow path between the buildings and paused to listen. Instincttold her it was safe. Cautiously she stepped out intothe inky blackness. The March night was cold andgloomier than usual due to the heavy fog that clungto the wharf and hid the Thames from view. ButAlexandria could feel the river’s presence. She had asixth sense for the water; a born sailor, her father hadonce grudgingly admitted. Of course, sailing in asheltered cove off the English Channel was quitedifferent from sailing the ocean in a storm. But then,the weather was the captain’s concern, not hers. Allshe had to worry about was getting to the ship. Theship that, according to the answers to her discreetquestions, would be departing at daybreak.Alexandria stretched her cramped limbs. Shehad stood pressed against that blasted brick warehouse wall since four o’clock when the
 
gatekeeper officially closed the docks for the day.Hardly daring to breathe, she had heard the sounds of the busy wharf subside—the hoists and winchesceasing to unload cargo, the workers filing out, jovialat day’s end. At last all had grown quiet. But stillshe’d dared not move; not until she could beconcealed by darkness. Until now. It had seemed aneternity.The pungent smell of beer accosted her, together with a burst of raucous laughter that causedAlexandria to start. But it was only the sailors whofrequented the numerous alehouses along the docks,celebrating their last night of freedom before takingto the sea. Soon the intoxicated revelers began to singa cheerful bawdy tune in exuberant though slightlyoff-key voices. Alexandria grinned. There was nodanger here. The men were too deep in their cups tonotice her. Unless, of course, they mistook her for one of their doxies, she thought with a troubledfrown.Another howl of laughter sent her scurryingalong. The blood pulsed through her veins faster andfaster. A delicate apparition in the night, Alexandrialooked anything but a doxy. Her muslin gown was of a rich Devonshire brown, its simple skirts rustlingabout her ankles with each rapid step of her slipperedfeet. To avoid tripping, she stilled the movement byclutching the soft folds between her nervous fingers.Although she possessed an innate regal carriage andgrace that bespoke noble birth, Alexandria was awarethat soon she would be transformed from a well-bredmiss to an outcast of the
haut ton.
 

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