The Garden Intrigue: A Pink Carnation Novel

By Lauren Willig

Lauren Willig's crimson Carnation novels were known as "fun [and] clean" (Kirkus Reviews) and "clever and playful " (Detroit unfastened Press). Now she introduces readers to a mismatched pair who locate ardour within the such a lot outstanding of places...
Secret agent Augustus Whittlesby has spent a decade undercover in France, posing as an insufferably undesirable poet. The French surveillance officials can’t undergo to learn his paintings heavily adequate to acknowledge the knowledge drowned in a sea of verbiage.

New York-born Emma Morris Delagardie is a thorn in Augustus’s facet. an old-fashioned buddy of Napoleon’s stepdaughter, she got here to France together with her uncle, eloped with a Frenchman, and has been damn round the salons of Paris ever in view that. Now widowed, she entertains herself through protecting a weekly salon, and loudly critiquing Augustus’s poetry.

As Napoleon pursues his plans for the invasion of britain, Whittlesby hears of a top-secret gadget to be verified at a home social gathering. The capture? the single method in is with Emma, who has been requested to put in writing a masque for the weekend’s leisure. during this complex masque inside a masque, not anything is going particularly as scripted—especially Augustus’s unforeseen emotions for Emma.

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Kort stepped in the direction of Emma. “A very attention-grabbing place of a few type? ” “Oh, you recognize. ” Emma wafted her fan. “Military issues. Marching and issues that cross bang. What else is there to grasp? ” Kort ranged himself beside Emma, a self-appointed bodyguard. “Where are you stationed, Mr. Marston? ” “Colonel Marston,” Marston corrected him. while had he acquired so dramatic a advertising? He were a trifling lieutenant while Emma had recognized him, 3 years earlier than. Friendship with the 1st Consul’s brother-in-law used to be a profitable proposition. “I command a part of the garrison at Boulogne. ” It used to be, his voice implied, an important put up. “It is,” he further, “a extremely important publish. ” rather a lot for modesty. “How completely wonderful for you! ” Emma babbled. “I’m yes you’ll desire to be getting again there quickly. One wouldn’t are looking to go away it unattended. good, it used to be all very stunning to work out you back and all that, yet I wouldn’t are looking to preserve you. now not if you have Boulogne to come again to. ” She sounded, she learned, just like the veriest pea mind. irrespective of. Her brains had by no means been the little bit of her during which Marston became interested. As for Kort, she’d relatively he imagine her dim than debauched. Marston took a breakthrough. “One has one’s duty,” he stated, his voice low and seductive. “But that doesn’t suggest one can't additionally take one’s excitement. ” “Pleasure in an obligation good performed? ” Emma prevaricated, backing into Kort, who gave a muffled grunt of discomfort as she stepped down seriously on his foot. “I’m definite that needs to be greatly satisfying. Oh, pricey, i'm sorry. Did I simply mangle your feet? ” “I think they’re quite often intact,” he acknowledged, in a marginally strangled voice. “Good Lord, Emma, did you connect spikes to the ground of your sandals? ” “No, these went out final season. ” creating a strategic selection, Emma took a deep breath and grew to become to her cousin. “I without notice locate i'm parched. Kort, may you be so type as to fetch me a pitcher of punch? ” He gave her a wierd glance, yet stated, “Gladly. Is there the rest? ” “Oh, no, simply the punch. the warmth of the rooms, you recognize. ” Emma gestured vaguely together with her fan. “I’m definite you’ll locate it. ” Kort gave Marston a troublesome glance. To Emma, he stated, “I’ll be correct again. ” It used to be either a promise and a caution. Marston’s lips parted in a wolfish grin. “Take it slow. ” “Thank you, Kort! ” Emma referred to as after him. She waved. Kort frowned again, yet went. Marston stepped up beside her, reducing his head till his breath tickled her ear. “I had was hoping to determine you right here. ” “How lucky for you,” stated Emma brightly, twisting away. one among her plumes brushed throughout Marston’s nostril, making him sneeze. “Now that you've got completed your item, you could move domestic. ” Marston discreetly wiped the again of his hand throughout his nostril. It was once demanding to appear soulful whilst one’s eyes have been tearing, yet he made a valiant attempt. “To empty accommodations? ” Or a well-filled brothel. Georges had by no means been really specific in his tastes. That, on the time, have been one among his points of interest. Emma had sought after not anything greater than to lose herself within the powerful distraction of flesh on flesh, without any of the messy issues attendant on feelings, channeling all her grief and confusion into the senseless pursuit of actual excitement.

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