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Charlotte Lamb - Hide and Seek

Charlotte Lamb - Hide and Seek

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HIDE AND SEEK
Charlotte Lamb
 
 
Two years ago, Donna Cowley had been desperately in lovewith Brodie Fox until she found out what he was really like and had broken their engagement. Her new life in Paris was satisfyingand secure; she hadn't been back to England and she didn't want to risk seeing Brodie again. Now, it seemed she had no choice. Her fraternal twin brother, Gavin, was in trouble and Donnacouldn't refuse to help him, even though it meant crossing swordswith Brodie. But even if Brodie did think he had the upper hand, Donna wasn't going on her knees to him. She'd rather die!
CHAPTER ONE
DONNA first became aware that she was being followed whenshe turned the corner into the Boulevard Malesherbes and heardfootsteps behind her immediately quicken. She'd been vaguelyaware of someone behind her for several minutes without thinkingtoo much about it. It was almost half past one in the morning;there were few other people about and almost no traffic. Suddenlyrealising that there was a man behind her who was running tocatch up with her made the back of her neck prickle and shewalked faster, too. Marie-Louise had offered to drive her home,but she had cheerfully refused.'No, thanks, I feel like a stroll! It's such a lovely night.''Don't you get nervous, walking through Paris in the middle of the night?'Marie-Louise had frowned. 'I really think I ought to drive youhome, Donna.''After that bottle of Chablis? No, I think I'd be safer on my
 
own two feet. At least you can't get arrested for drunken walking!'Marie-Louise had laughed. 'Oh, I'm going to miss you! Youmust come and visit us whenever you can get to Lyons.'"I will,' Donna had said before giving her a hug and walkingaway. She was going to miss Marie-Louise too. Paris would neverbe the same. People make places, and during the two years Donnahad lived in Paris she had seen it through Marie-Louise's eyes andlearnt to love it, to think of it as her second home
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but as shequickened her footsteps now and heard the man behind herquicken his, the city seemed suddenly hostile. For the first timeshe regretted the silence in the streets where she lived. She hadfallen in love with the Boulevard Malesherbes the first time shesaw it. It had been a hot August Sunday afternoon; little traffic onthe road, no shops open and most of the apartments empty. InAugust, Parisians flood out of town for les vacances by the sea orin the country, but Donna hadn't realised that the day she firstcame to the Boulevard Malesherbes. She had stood under theplane trees watching their shadowed leaves flickering on to thepavement, staring at the tall shuttered houses drowsing in the heatlike a row of grey cats, enchanted by the atmosphere.She had taken the apartment she had come to see although therent was higher than she had intended to pay, rather more than shecould afford, in fact. But she had never regretted it, especiallyafter she had begun to make friends and settle down.Nov. though, she became very aware of the deep silencebroken only by the tap of her high heels and the echoing click of the heels coming closer behind her.The Boulevard was wide and shadowy, especially under thetrees. Donna looked upat the shutters and knew that most of theapartments behind them were empty now, this August, as they

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