Under the guise of Adam, at Doge Pasquale’s
masquerade ball, Nicolas—a French agent—cavorts with a delightful
wench, alias Eve, and then has her followed, with the intention
of learning her identity.
He offers to pay the over inflated price of one thousand ducats—the
cost of her father’s freedom from a debtors jail in London—and
her rent for one year, in return for her services for the
period of two months.
Guilt ridden, Lucinda swallows her pride and accepts Nicolas’s
offer, not once making the connection that he and Adam are
the same man.
She finds that he is not the arrogant beast that she initially
imagined him to be and fears her growing affection for him,
knowing that to fall in love with him would only end in heartbreak.
Will she be able forgive him once she discovers his deception?
Will they part company after their time is over, or will they
realize that their insatiable attraction to each other is
more than mere lust?
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