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By Connie Brockway

Decided to end up her worthy as a budding archeologist, Ginesse Braxton vows to unravel one of many world's maximum mysteries--to locate the positioning of the misplaced urban of Zerzura. regrettably, no guy dares take the danger of escorting the resolute younger student around the open wilderness. yet on her strategy to Egypt, Ginesse engages in a bold deception: she is going to swap locations with Mildred Whimpelhall, who's touring to fulfill her fiancé.

Cynical adventurer Jim Owen will do whatever to flee the darkish secrets and techniques of his previous. Betrayed by way of the girl he enjoyed and scorned via right society, he has the same opinion to hold out a danger-fraught job: escort Mildred Whimpelhall throughout a lawless desolate tract to her meant. yet Jim is set to benefit that "Mildred" isn't really precisely what she seems...and the risks they face jointly are eclipsed via a good better peril: falling in love, opposed to all cause, with one other guy's bride.

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His gaze slowly sharpened, and his expression went from well mannered curiosity to incredulity to astonishment after which, eventually, undisguised excitement. “Good Lord. I got here to Egypt to discover the useless, and it appears like i've got already had my first success,” he stated wonderingly. “How are you, Your Grace? ” bankruptcy TWENTY-SEVEN “Did you name that younger guy ‘Your Grace’? ” the previous gentleman requested as Jock strode ahead and seized Jim in a hot include. “Say nothing,” Jim murmured and lightly driven Jock away. “The man’s making a few kind of jest,” he stated with pressured heartiness, keen his part brother to assert not anything, to do not anything extra to hazard what Jim had spent years attempting to be sure: that Jock inherit the dukedom. some time past jiffy it had grown much more vital to him to take action. simply because he’d witnessed that first second whilst Jock’s gaze had came upon Ginny. He’d obvious the spark of elation, the brightness that had entered his face, and he knew with out a hint of doubt that Jock used to be in love together with her. Jock, he’d learned, has to be the paragon Ginny have been describing all these days in the past. An honorable, even noble younger guy. speeding? Jim was once no pass judgement on, nor may perhaps he say if Jock certified as romantic. yet “conscientious, hardworking, and diligent”? God, Jock had possessed these characteristics as a boy; as a guy he will be exemplary. Jock needs to be the explanation she’d refused him, and if Jock might simply hold his mouth close, he can have either Ginny and the dukedom, and Ginny can have the fellow she enjoyed and the lifestyles that he could have loved to have provided her. yet his part brother used to be both oblivious to his caution or didn’t care, for he became to stand the corporate. “It’s no jest, I guarantee you. i've been searching for Bernard for almost years. ” “Bernard? ” Pomfrey echoed. “Well, there you will have it. Your mistake in spite of everything. This man’s identify is James. James Owens. ” “That’s right,” Jim acknowledged desperately. “A case of improper id. Sorry to disappoint you, Mr. —” Jock clapped Jim’s shoulder. “There’s no mistake, Colonel. enable me to provide my part brother, Bernard James Owens Tynesborough, Duke of Avandale. ” He became to Jim. “Trust me. I’ll clarify every little thing later. ” Jim slightly famous the astonished expressions of the others. He looked Jock numbly. All his years of never-ending roaming, the entire years of residing at the edges of society, of being anonymous, of being cautious by no means to prevail too good at something lest he drew awareness to himself, of refusing to paintings the top rate concessions simply because a few aristocratic dilettante may realize him…All of it for not anything, due to an opportunity assembly along with his part brother. Oh, there has been an excellent chance that the scoop of his being alive wouldn't achieve England in time to maintain Althea from having him declared legally useless. however the global might quickly are aware of it was once unfaithful, or even if the Avandale inheritance stayed with Jock, he may possibly by no means put on the name. there have been too many witnesses that Bernard, Duke of Tynesborough, lengthy presumed useless, used to be alive. And it made too scrumptious a narrative.

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