he had wanted to see
, he realised now. Even a glimpse of her ankle would havebeen enough to thrill him. Marguerite Blakeney was a beautiful, delectable woman, and hehad just seen everything that a gentleman ought never to look upon, unless with his own wife
or a whore. Sir Percy’s lady was neither.
When she had come to his townhouse, ready to confess her betrayal of the ScarletPimpernel to Chauvelin and forsake her dignity in asking for help, Andrew had not known what to make of the once proud Lady Blakeney. He had wondered why this charming yetcautious woman might suddenly engage him as her friend, doubting if he could
trust her story. Yet without knowing why, or for whose benefit, he had agreed to accompany her to France, following her to Dover dressed
in his own servant’s livery on her suggestion
From acquaintance to ally, Andrew’s perception of this
extraordinary woman had grown inrespect and confidence in the space of one remarkable day, but how was he to behave aroundLady Blakeney now? They faced the long, lonely hours of a Channel crossing in the confines of a packet boat before even reaching Calais, and then there was no guarantee they would findPercy. He would be alone with her for days, his mind seared with the afterimage of all he hadseen, until he could reunite her with her husband, his best friend.Though still uncertain of the passionate woman he had come to recognise in Lady Blakeney, a
deeper, more personal fear was now nagging at Andrew’s conscience.
He wouldfollow and guard her for the sake of his friend, but did not know if he could trust himself.Sir Andrew Ffoulkes was burning with desire, but not for Mademoiselle Suzanne deTournay. When he closed his eyes, he saw not soft ringlets and a look of tender browninnocence, but tumbling golden tresses and a liquid blue gaze that could chill or cheer withpracticed expression. A low, lyrical voice it was that echoed in his ears, not the polished tones
of a nobleman’s daughter. And never could he imagine such a divine figure lurking beneath
the worn finery of his young émigré fiancée.