Scoundrel for Hire: Book 1, Velvet Lies Series
by Adrienne deWolfe
Raphael Jones is a Kentucky-born scoundrel, who has never played by the rules. When Colorado mining heiress, Silver Nichols, hires him to stop her precious daddy from marrying a golddigger, Rafe sets out to seduce Silver and win her fortune.
But beneath Silver’s cool veneer, Rafe encounters a sweet vulnerability and an aching secret that threatens to send his whole world up in smoke.
Now the wily scoundrel must choose: walk away or wager the one thing he can’t afford to lose—his heart.
Rafe and Silver (The Declaration)
Rafe drew a sobering breath. “Your father will be looking for us.”
“I don’t care.” Silver’s chin quivered, and she pressed closer, so close that the soft, fleshy curve of her breast filled his palm. “Let him.”
He licked his dry lips. “You don’t mean that.”
“I do! I don’t care what anyone else thinks anymore, or how it’s supposed to be. This may be the one chance I ever have to be with you, once the truth comes to light. Please, Rafe.”
“Silver,” he half pleaded, half cursed, “you’d regret this night. You’d regret us.”
“Why?” Her face crumpled. “D-don’t you want me anymore?”
Oh G–. He squeezed his eyes closed, struggling to quench the unholy fire that smoked through his veins. “Of course I want you. It’s just that you need a decent man. An upstanding man. Someone who isn’t wanted by the law in three states. Someone with a future.”
“I need you, Rafe. Don’t you see? You’re the only one who can make it right for me because… because I love you.”
His throat tightened over the lump that had wedged there. She loved him, God help her. Him. He could see the truth shining in her eyes like the heaven he’d thought he’d forever be denied.
Reason failed him then. In that moment, confronted by a truth so hallowed that even his soul had to believe, he couldn’t force himself to turn away. He couldn’t deprive himself of the one blessing that, he realized now, he’d been searching for his whole life. Silver’s love was his salvation, and salvation was within his reach. Call him callous; call him selfish, but he grabbed for the prize with both hands.
Adrienne deWolfe is a #1 Bestselling Author and a recipient of 48 writing awards, including the Best Historical Romance of the Year. She consistently delights readers with sexy, action-packed, western-style romances, including her Wild Texas Nights series and her Velvet Lies series. In addition, she is the author of the bestselling non-fiction ebook series, The Secrets to Getting Your Romance Novel Published.
Fascinated by all things mystical, Adrienne writes a weekly blog about dragons, magic, and the paranormal at http://MagicMayhemBlog.com to help her research her upcoming YA Epic Fantasy series. She also writes a weekly blog with fiction writing tips and advice about the business of writing at http://WritingNovelsThatSell.com. She enjoys mentoring aspiring authors and offers professional story critiques and book coaching services.
Other Books in the Velvet Lies series:
Book 1: SCOUNDREL FOR HIRE
Book 2: HIS WICKED DREAM
Book 3: SEDUCED BY AN ANGEL
Book 4: DEVIL IN TEXAS (Available 2014)
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