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“Thomas is my cousin.” She narrowed her eyes. “Why do you ask?” “Because it changes everything. Helmsley is married to the sister of the Viscountess Beaumont. The viscount is my cousin.” Alexei smirked. “You and I are related.” Pamela snorted. “Distantly and by marriage. It scarcely counts.” “It most certainly does.” Aunt Millicent grinned. “A prince in my family. I never imagined such a thing, and I quite like it.” “I do not. I don’t care what he is, I still don’t think it’s the least bit proper having him under this roof. Besides”—Pamela aimed an accusing finger at him—”this man has a notorious reputation. He is reputed to have shared a bed with half the women in Europe.” “Oh not nearly half although I do appreciate the compliment.” Alexei grinned. “I am not really old enough to have bedded half…” He paused as if recalling something, then shook his head. “Regardless, Miss Effington, while I admit to having earned that reputation, I regret to confess I have not entirely lived up to it in recent years.” He shrugged. “My life has been far too complicated with matters of state and politics, rebellion and crisis to concentrate on pursuits of a more amorous nature. You need not worry about my presence in your household. I shall make no attempt to seduce you.” Pamela gasped. “I never imagined.. .that is I did not think—” “I should like nothing better than to do precisely that. And do you realize you’re sitting while I’m standing?” She glared. “How indescribably rude of you.” “Not at all. I am well used to sitting while everyone else stands in my royal presence. What say you, Lady Smythe-Windom?” Alexei nodded at Aunt Mi fashion rings llicent. “Is it entirely proper for me to sit?” Aunt Millicent glanced from Alexei to Pamela, a speculative look in her eyes. Pamela’s heart sank. Her aunt had far better insight than anyone ever credited her with. Aunt Millicent turned her attention back to Alexei. “You are a prince, Your Highness, and doing as you wish is entirely proper.” He laughed and got to his feet. “You are indeed gracious, Lady Smythe-Windom, but your niece was right. It was inexcusably rude. Even for a prince.” He turned to Pamela and bowed. “My apologies, Miss Effington.” Pamela stared at him for a long moment. Here was a man who had lost everything that was of importance to him. His home. His country. His very purpose in life. He, too, was attempting to start anew. She would have sent hi Tiffany co m away from what might well be his only sanctuary at the moment because she feared he would reveal her secret and cause yet another scandal. It was not the least bit gracious or noble or even nice. Not at all the thing an Effington would do. “No, it is I who should offer my ap antique tiffany jewelry ologies, and beg your forgiveness. I am the one who has been rude. Regardless of the circumstances we find ourselves in, this is my home, and I should have been as gracious as my aunt.” She bowed her head and dropped a deep curtsey. “Forgive me, Your Highness.” “Of course,” he murmured. She glanced up and met his gaze. Curiosity and appreciation shone in his eyes. Precisely as it had four years ago. Her breath caught. “Now that that question is resolved, we should make our plans.” Aunt Millicent tapped her forefinger thoughtfully against her bottom lip. “I must send out cards announcing my—our—return to London. Then, of course, the invitations will pour in. Perhaps we can have a small soiree ourselves. Or better yet, a ball. This house cries for a grand ball, and I doubt it has seen one for many years.” Aunt Millicent practically glowed with anticipation. “Just think how exciting the season will be with a prince in tow. Why, we can have an event in his honor. Something unique. A reception perhaps or a masked ball—” “No,” Pamela blurted. “No,” Alexe tiffany jewelry i said at precisely the same time. A frown creased Aunt Millicent’s forehead. “Why ever not?” “My dear Lady Smythe-Windom, I fear I have not made my position clear.” Alexei’s voice was firm. “That I am here during your social season is nothing more than mere chance. I have no desire to attend “Oh dear, Your Highness, I’m afraid I have not mademy position clear.” Aunt Millicent smiled sweetly, and Pamela braced herself. She had seen that smile before. “There is a condition to your residency.” Alexei grimaced. “You wish to tow me.” “Nothing so dire I assure you, Your Highness.” Aunt Millicent cast him a pleasant smile. “I simply wish you to court my niece.” Four If ever I find her again I shall confess that she, unlike any other woman, has stayed in my dreams and tiffany jewelry sale even, I suspect, in my heart. Still, as I have nothing to offer her it is best that I never see her again. I do not even know her name. His Royal Highness. Prince Alexei Pruzinsky Miss Effington gasped. “Court me?Me?” Alexei stared at the Lady Smythe-Windom. “You mean with an eye toward marriage?” “Marriage? To him? Never!” Miss Effington’s voice rose. “He’s not at all what I want in a husband. Why, he’s a prince, and you’ve just seen how very demanding and arrogant they can be. His reputation is dreadful and—” “I beg your pardon.” Alexei brushed aside the fact that he had no desire to wed at all, let alone marry her, antique tiffany jewelry and glared. “Dreadful reputation or not, I am indeed still a prince. Arrogance is my birthright. Regardless, most women would cut off an arm to wed a prince.” “I prefer to keep my arms, thank you, ” Miss Effington snapped, her resolution to be grateful apparently forgotten. “Besides, you said it yourself, you’re a prince without a country,Mr. Pruzinsky. I should think that would diminish your merit as a potential husband somewhat.” Lady Smythe-Windom gasped. “Pamela!” “Nonetheless, royal blood flows in my veins. The blood of generations of kings of Avalonia and the nobility of Europe. The same blood that shall flow in the veins of my children. ” He narrowed his eyes. “You could do far worse than a prince for a match, Miss Effington, with or without a country, and I seriously doubt a woman of your advanced years could do better.” Miss Effington’s eyes widened, and her mouth dropped open. “Your Highness. ” Roman groaned. “Miss Effington, ” he said in a low growl meant for her ears alone. She glared up at him and stood her ground. An admirable, if annoying, quality. Her gaze locked with his, and for one extraordinary moment he was not entirely sure if he wished to chastise her or kiss her. And for one moment it seemed entirely possible she would kiss him back. Ridiculous idea, of course. He brushed the thought away and began again. “Miss Effington.” “Mr. Pruz—” She sighed. “Your Highness?” There was something unique about the woman though. Maddening and most exasperating but unique nonetheless. Rather a pity he had promised not to seduce her. “Your Highness?” she repeated, arching a delicate brow. “Women, Miss Effington, have always had a remarkable propensity to throw themselves at my feet. I would be foolish indeed if I did not understand that a great deal of my attraction lay in my title and wealth and the power I wielded.” “And without that power?” Her v tiffany rings oice was low, as tiffany jewelry sale if her anger had mellowed, faded to something much more… enticing. Upon reconsideration, it wasn’t an actual promise. “I do not yet know, Miss Effington. ” In truth, his remark about not seducing her was nothing more than an offhand comment. Scarcely carrying the weight of a true vow. “But I am confident that my charms are not contingent on my title.” “Confident or arrogant?” An odd intensity shone in her eyes, and he knew without question she was as intrigued by him as he was by her. “It scarcely matters. ” What would she do, indeed what would the entire room do, if he pulled her into his arms this very moment? Would Lady Smythe-Windom allow even a prince that liberty? Probably tiffany silver jewelry not. Pity. “Your eyes are lovely, Miss Effington.” “Come now, Your Highness. If that is a display of your charms, surely you can do better. ” Her voice had a slightly breathless quality. “Indeed, I could, Miss Effington. ” He leaned closer until there was scarcely more than a whisper between them. “Shall I tell y tiffany and co bracelet ou about your lips then? Full and ripe and begging to be kissed?” His gaze slipped to her lips and back to her eyes. “Or shall I speak of the perfection of your skin? Or the—” “Your Highness, ” Lady Smythe-Windom’s exasperated tone rang in the room. “No one save Pamela can hear whatever it is you’re saying because you are standing entirely too close to her, and it is most improper. However, I shall let it pass because she has not yet slapped your face, and you have not yet wrapped your hands around her throat. I am assuming this lack of violence is an indication that for now at least you have resolved your differences.” “For now. ” Alexei met the other woman’s gaze. “However, I have no intention of marrying Miss Effington or anyone else at the moment.” “Nor do I, ” Miss Effington said quickly although not with the same vehemence as she had a moment ago. “Not at the moment, that is.” “If the two of you will allow me to explain my idea, you’ll find I am not proposing marriage. That would be absurd. Even I can see you have nothing in common save an instant dislike of one another, although I daresay successful marriages have been built on substantially less, ” Lady Smythe-Windom said coolly. “What I am proposing is nothing more than courtship.” “Courtship without marriage, ” Alexei said slowly. “You’ve always been rather good at that, Your Highness, ” Roman said under his breath. “Well, I for one do not see the point of it. ” Clarissa shrugged. “Marriage is the culmination of courtship. Courtship without marriage is like marriage without—” “And as no one here is interested in marriage. at least not now and not to each other, this should work out rather nicely. ” Lady Smythe-Windom cast Alexei a brilliant smile, and he suspected he would come to fear that smile. “It’s really very simple, Your Highness. Six years ago, Pamela was involved in—oh what is the word?” “Dear Lord. ” Pamela sank into the closest chair and covered her eyes with her hand. “Take me now.” “An indiscretion, ” Clarissa offered. “And scandal. The silliest of scandals really as the world sees such things but scandal in England nonetheless. ” Lady Smythe-Windom lowered her voice in a confidential manner. “Involving a truly despicable young man who sh wholesale tiffany jewelry ould have been drawn and quartered for his crimes.” “Miss Effington? The oh so very concerned with propriety Miss Effington? I must say I am shocked. ” Alexei bit back a grin. “Apparently I am not the only one with a dreadful past.” Miss Effington muttered something he did not hear, and he thought it for the best. “Needless to say she was ruined. ” Lady Smythe-Windom sighed regrettably. “Was she indeed?” Alexei wondered just how serious this ruination was. From what he had seen of the English through the years, it could well have been something the rest of the world would scarcely note as significant at all. Or it might have been an incident even he might consider truly scandalous. Miss Effington moaned, buried her face in her hands, and seemed, if possible, to sink even l Tiffany and co canada ower into the chair. Alexei was fairly certain if a large fissure opened up in the floor at this very moment, Miss Effington would quite happily throw herself into it. Lady Smythe-Windom nodded. “Indeed she was although in London there is a minor scandal every third This was extraordinarily interesting antique tiffany jewelry . The Miss Effington he had met today did not at all strike him as the type of woman to flee her home because of a bit of scandal. Today’s Miss Effington did not appear to be frightened by anything. Apparently she was not“Thomas is my cousin.” She narrowed her eyes. “Why do you ask?” “Because it changes everything. Helmsley is married to the sister of the Viscountess Beaumont. The viscount is my cousin.” Alexei smirked. “You and I are related.” Pamela snorted. “Distantly and by marriage. It scarcely counts.” “It most certainly does.” Aunt Millicent grinned. “A prince in my family. I never imagined such a thing, and I quite like it.” “I do not. I don’t care what he is, I still don’t think it’s the least bit proper having him under this roof. Besides”—Pamela aimed an accusing finger at him—”this man has a notorious reputation. He is reputed to have shared a bed with half the women in Europe.” “Oh not nearly half although I do appreciate the compliment.” Alexei grinned. “I am not really old enough to have bedded half…” He paused as if recalling something, then shook his head. “Regardless, Miss Effington, while I admit to having earned that reputation, I regret to confess I have not entirely lived up to it in recent years.” He shrugged. “My life has been far too complicated with matters of state and politics, rebellion and crisis to concentrate on pursuits of a more amorous nature. You need not worry about my presence in your household. I shall make no attempt to seduce you.” Pamela gasped. “I never imagined.. .that is I did not think—” “I should like nothing better than to do precisely that. And do you realize you’re sitting while I’m standing?” She glared. “How indescribably rude of you.” “Not at all. I am well used to sitting while everyone else stands in my royal presence. What say you, Lady Smythe-Windom?” Alexei nodded at Aunt Mi fashion rings llicent. “Is it entirely proper for me to sit?” Aunt Millicent glanced from Alexei to Pamela, a speculative look in her eyes. Pamela’s heart sank. Her aunt had far better insight than anyone ever credited her with. Aunt Millicent turned her attention back to Alexei. “You are a prince, Your Highness, and doing as you wish is entirely proper.” He laughed and got to his feet. “You are indeed gracious, Lady Smythe-Windom, but your niece was right. It was inexcusably rude. Even for a prince.” He turned to Pamela and bowed. “My apologies, Miss Effington.” Pamela stared at him for a long moment. Here was a man who had lost everything that was of importance to him. His home. His country. His very purpose in life. He, too, was attempting to start anew. She would have sent hi Tiffany co m away from what might well be his only sanctuary at the moment because she feared he would reveal her secret and cause yet another scandal. It was not the least bit gracious or noble or even nice. Not at all the thing an Effington would do. “No, it is I who should offer my ap antique tiffany jewelry ologies, and beg your forgiveness. I am the one who has been rude. Regardless of the circumstances we find ourselves in, this is my home, and I should have been as gracious as my aunt.” She bowed her head and dropped a deep curtsey. “Forgive me, Your Highness.” “Of course,” he murmured. She glanced up and met his gaze. Curiosity and appreciation shone in his eyes. Precisely as it had four years ago. Her breath caught. “Now that that question is resolved, we should make our plans.” Aunt Millicent tapped her forefinger thoughtfully against her bottom lip. “I must send out cards announcing my—our—return to London. Then, of course, the invitations will pour in. Perhaps we can have a small soiree ourselves. Or better yet, a ball. This house cries for a grand ball, and I doubt it has seen one for many years.” Aunt Millicent practically glowed with anticipation. “Just think how exciting the season will be with a prince in tow. Why, we can have an event in his honor. Something unique. A reception perhaps or a masked ball—” “No,” Pamela blurted. “No,” Alexe tiffany jewelry i said at precisely the same time. A frown creased Aunt Millicent’s forehead. “Why ever not?” “My dear Lady Smythe-Windom, I fear I have not made my position clear.” Alexei’s voice was firm. “That I am here during your social season is nothing more than mere chance. I have no desire to attend “Oh dear, Your Highness, I’m afraid I have not mademy position clear.” Aunt Millicent smiled sweetly, and Pamela braced herself. She had seen that smile before. “There is a condition to your residency.” Alexei grimaced. “You wish to tow me.” “Nothing so dire I assure you, Your Highness.” Aunt Millicent cast him a pleasant smile. “I simply wish you to court my niece.” Four If ever I find her again I shall confess that she, unlike any other woman, has stayed in my dreams and tiffany jewelry sale even, I suspect, in my heart. Still, as I have nothing to offer her it is best that I never see her again. I do not even know her name. His Royal Highness. Prince Alexei Pruzinsky Miss Effington gasped. “Court me?Me?” Alexei stared at the Lady Smythe-Windom. “You mean with an eye toward marriage?” “Marriage? To him? Never!” Miss Effington’s voice rose. “He’s not at all what I want in a husband. Why, he’s a prince, and you’ve just seen how very demanding and arrogant they can be. His reputation is dreadful and—” “I beg your pardon.” Alexei brushed aside the fact that he had no desire to wed at all, let alone marry her, antique tiffany jewelry and glared. “Dreadful reputation or not, I am indeed still a prince. Arrogance is my birthright. Regardless, most women would cut off an arm to wed a prince.” “I prefer to keep my arms, thank you, ” Miss Effington snapped, her resolution to be grateful apparently forgotten. “Besides, you said it yourself, you’re a prince without a country,Mr. Pruzinsky. I should think that would diminish your merit as a potential husband somewhat.” Lady Smythe-Windom gasped. “Pamela!” “Nonetheless, royal blood flows in my veins. The blood of generations of kings of Avalonia and the nobility of Europe. The same blood that shall flow in the veins of my children. ” He narrowed his eyes. “You could do far worse than a prince for a match, Miss Effington, with or without a country, and I seriously doubt a woman of your advanced years could do better.” Miss Effington’s eyes widened, and her mouth dropped open. “Your Highness. ” Roman groaned. “Miss Effington, ” he said in a low growl meant for her ears alone. She glared up at him and stood her ground. An admirable, if annoying, quality. Her gaze locked with his, and for one extraordinary moment he was not entirely sure if he wished to chastise her or kiss her. And for one moment it seemed entirely possible she would kiss him back. Ridiculous idea, of course. He brushed the thought away and began again. “Miss Effington.” “Mr. Pruz—” She sighed. “Your Highness?” There was something unique about the woman though. Maddening and most exasperating but unique nonetheless. Rather a pity he had promised not to seduce her. “Your Highness?” she repeated, arching a delicate brow. “Women, Miss Effington, have always had a remarkable propensity to throw themselves at my feet. I would be foolish indeed if I did not understand that a great deal of my attraction lay in my title and wealth and the power I wielded.” “And without that power?” Her v tiffany rings oice was low, as tiffany jewelry sale if her anger had mellowed, faded to something much more… enticing. Upon reconsideration, it wasn’t an actual promise. “I do not yet know, Miss Effington. ” In truth, his remark about not seducing her was nothing more than an offhand comment. Scarcely carrying the weight of a true vow. “But I am confident that my charms are not contingent on my title.” “Confident or arrogant?” An odd intensity shone in her eyes, and he knew without question she was as intrigued by him as he was by her. “It scarcely matters. ” What would she do, indeed what would the entire room do, if he pulled her into his arms this very moment? Would Lady Smythe-Windom allow even a prince that liberty? Probably tiffany silver jewelry not. Pity. “Your eyes are lovely, Miss Effington.” “Come now, Your Highness. If that is a display of your charms, surely you can do better. ” Her voice had a slightly breathless quality. “Indeed, I could, Miss Effington. ” He leaned closer until there was scarcely more than a whisper between them. “Shall I tell y tiffany and co bracelet ou about your lips then? Full and ripe and begging to be kissed?” His gaze slipped to her lips and back to her eyes. “Or shall I speak of the perfection of your skin? Or the—” “Your Highness, ” Lady Smythe-Windom’s exasperated tone rang in the room. “No one save Pamela can hear whatever it is you’re saying because you are standing entirely too close to her, and it is most improper. However, I shall let it pass because she has not yet slapped your face, and you have not yet wrapped your hands around her throat. I am assuming this lack of violence is an indication that for now at least you have resolved your differences.” “For now. ” Alexei met the other woman’s gaze. “However, I have no intention of marrying Miss Effington or anyone else at the moment.” “Nor do I, ” Miss Effington said quickly although not with the same vehemence as she had a moment ago. “Not at the moment, that is.” “If the two of you will allow me to explain my idea, you’ll find I am not proposing marriage. That would be absurd. Even I can see you have nothing in common save an instant dislike of one another, although I daresay successful marriages have been built on substantially less, ” Lady Smythe-Windom said coolly. “What I am proposing is nothing more than courtship.” “Courtship without marriage, ” Alexei said slowly. “You’ve always been rather good at that, Your Highness, ” Roman said under his breath. “Well, I for one do not see the point of it. ” Clarissa shrugged. “Marriage is the culmination of courtship. Courtship without marriage is like marriage without—” “And as no one here is interested in marriage. at least not now and not to each other, this should work out rather nicely. ” Lady Smythe-Windom cast Alexei a brilliant smile, and he suspected he would come to fear that smile. “It’s really very simple, Your Highness. Six years ago, Pamela was involved in—oh what is the word?” “Dear Lord. ” Pamela sank into the closest chair and covered her eyes with her hand. “Take me now.” “An indiscretion, ” Clarissa offered. “And scandal. The silliest of scandals really as the world sees such things but scandal in England nonetheless. ” Lady Smythe-Windom lowered her voice in a confidential manner. “Involving a truly despicable young man who sh wholesale tiffany jewelry ould have been drawn and quartered for his crimes.” “Miss Effington? The oh so very concerned with propriety Miss Effington? I must say I am shocked. ” Alexei bit back a grin. “Apparently I am not the only one with a dreadful past.” Miss Effington muttered something he did not hear, and he thought it for the best. “Needless to say she was ruined. ” Lady Smythe-Windom sighed regrettably. “Was she indeed?” Alexei wondered just how serious this ruination was. From what he had seen of the English through the years, it could well have been something the rest of the world would scarcely note as significant at all. Or it might have been an incident even he might consider truly scandalous. Miss Effington moaned, buried her face in her hands, and seemed, if possible, to sink even l Tiffany and co canada ower into the chair. Alexei was fairly certain if a large fissure opened up in the floor at this very moment, Miss Effington would quite happily throw herself into it. Lady Smythe-Windom nodded. “Indeed she was although in London there is a minor scandal every third This was extraordinarily interesting antique tiffany jewelry . The Miss Effington he had met today did not at all strike him as the type of woman to flee her home because of a bit of scandal. Today’s Miss Effington did not appear to be frightened by anything. Apparently she was not

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