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.
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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.
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)
Rafe and Silver (The Bath-1)
Rafe charged through her bedroom door.
Silver had a breathlessly long heartbeat to stare. For a moment, she forgot her dishabille, her consternation, the Thing that had fled the bloomers she’d tossed across her bed and that was now rollicking in her bath.
Rafe’s sun-gilded features were flushed and anxious; his gray eyes were black with concern. That he’d come running to her rescue when she’d screamed for help touched her in a dangerously romantic way. For a moment, she was confronted by Raphael Jones, the Hero, not the Rogue, and she thought him the most wonderful man in the world.
Unfortunately, the moment passed quickly.
"Silver!" he exclaimed again, striding valiantly across the room. "Put down the fire poker. You'll hurt her!"
Silver blinked, somewhat dazed by this command. It wasn't exactly what she’d imagined a champion might say, especially her champion, who’d come to rescue her from the Thing.
She became aware of the bite of iron in the palm of her hand and the tickle of woolen fibers beneath her toes. Her pulse hammered against the fist that clutched the neckline of her dressing gown. The caress of cool hall air against her thigh warned her that the paisley fabric was revealing scandalous vistas of flesh. She straightened, hoping the satiny folds would conceal everything north of her ankles.
She needn't have worried. Rafe wasn't even looking at her.
"Tavy!" he breathed. His face transfused with wonder as the creature chirped and dived, chasing a cake of lavender soap. "You're swimming at last!"
Silver narrowed her eyes first at Rafe, who, contrary to all his wicked propositions, appeared too enamored of the bewhiskered creature sullying her bath to make good on his amorous threats.
She next glared at the animal itself, which was happily sloshing water all over the tarpaulin, which, thankfully, she'd spread to protect her Persian rug.
"Tavy?" she choked out. "You mean this . . . This . . . " She hesitated, momentarily bemused. What the devil was the creature, anyway? A rat?
She quailed and retreated a step, tightening her grip on the fire iron. Other than its sleek little body and a disturbingly long tail, the Thing was hard to see clearly. It kept splashing and submerging, lobbing bubbles into the air as if it were having the grandest of times wasting her imported French soap.
Personally, Silver had never laid eyes on a rat, having always prided herself on keeping an impeccable larder, but she wouldn't have put it past Rafe to own a pet rodent. Or better yet, a pet weasel!
"You mean to tell me that this water-logged weasel is Octavia? Your female ward Octavia?"
He was too busy grinning at the creature to do more than dart her the barest of glances. "Tavy’s not a weasel. She's an otter."
Silver gritted her teeth. The scoundrel had smuggled an otter into her house. An otter! And Papa had clearly been in cahoots.
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