By Rosemary Rogers
Lower than the middle of the night moon of Ceylon, at the evening of her debutante ball on the Governors palace. Alexa Howard met her cousin, Nicholas Dameron. And within the sardonic curl of his challenging, sensuous lips, within the commanding conceitedness of his eyes, Alexa beheld the fierce, implacable ardour that might render her helpless to the trembling slavery of desire.EVERY form of LOVE a girl may be MADE TO FEELWithin the golden softness of Alexas desirable gentility flowed the insatiable fires of an blameless womans awakening love--and the fury of a betrayed womans lust for revenge. during the nightworlds of Naples, Rome, Paris and London, she used to be pursued by means of males who heartlessly sought after her attractiveness. yet her soul used to be possessed through the guy whose contact used to be insufferable ecstasy, whose cruelty used to be ravishing torment, whose tenderness used to be passions achievement. Nicholas Dameron had taken her advantage and mocked her satisfaction. yet his love used to be the supplying of each excitement a girl has ever dared to dream of.
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Gone... gone... never... It had nothing to do with her! Alexa almost woke then, but not quite. Floating between sleep and wakefulness, she heard someone playing minor chords on a guitar, a voice singing in Spanish. The almost cloying perfume of night-blooming flowers drifted into the room. Queen of the Night, Jasmine. Temple Flower. Gardenia. Alexa, knowing Spanish (as well as four other languages), understood that the song was a cry of unrequited love—of happiness followed by sadness—until it ended on an ugly, discordant note.
She could hardly let this unusual young Englishwoman try to find the tiny natural inlet known as the Governor’s pool by herself, for if she got lost or something happened to her, she, Menika, would be blamed for everything. But on the other hand, this young Englishwoman wore the costume of the people without a trace of awkwardness, and she had just proved by the swiftness and ease with which she had loaded her pistol that she was quite familiar with such weapons, this one now carefully hidden in the folds of a lace shawl.
I suppose I never thought about all this in the same light,” Alexa confessed, with her head bent. And then, throwing it up almost defiantly, she said, “Keeping a cool head... A hunt—is that what I am supposed to be engaged in? But who is the quarry, Aunt Harriet? The eligible man I’m supposed to capture with my false, feminine wiles? ” There had been an edge of cynicism and perhaps even of desperation in Alexa’s voice that forced Harriet to answer with studied brusqueness. “My dear child, I hope I did not make you imagine, with all my sermonizing, that you are being abandoned to the wolves.