By Charles, K J
Between his eccentric even though strictly principled staff of pals, Lord Richard Vane is the confidant on whom every person relies for suggestion, ethical rectitude, and discreet suggestions. but while Richard has an issue, he turns to his valet, a fixer of exceptional genius—and the article of Richard’s private wishes. If there's one rule a gentleman needs to keep on with, it's by no means to dally with servants. but if David is shut sufficient to the touch, the foundations of sophistication collide with the basest type of animal intuition: overpowering lust.
For David Cyprian, housebreaking and blackmail are as a lot in a day’s paintings as bootblacking—anything for the guy he’s dedicated to. however the something he wishes for himself is the single factor Richard refuses to offer: his center. With the stress among them turning out to be insufferable, David’s likely incorruptible grasp has left him no selection. placing his finely honed talents of seduction and manipulation to strong use, he'll persuade Richard to fail to remember all approximately his well-meaning objections and provides in to candy, sinful temptation.
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That is— Yes. ” He leaned forward then, resting his head against David’s, forehead to forehead, hands joined, and David wondered why people spoke of hearts breaking. His did not break. It crumpled, as if squeezed in a giant’s fist till the blood ran. I’m here. I will always be here. ” His voice was quite calm, quite level. An instruction to a servant whose hands he gripped as if they were a lifeline. “Yes, my lord. ” — It was a long journey to Yorkshire, and not a comfortable one. The coach had to be as light as possible for speed, so Richard had brought only his groom, Doone, to drive, and Cyprian.
It was easy to lie when one didn’t care for the truth, to play when it was just a game with living pieces. He couldn’t do that to Lord Richard, because Lord Richard’s truth mattered to David as none other. He did not want to get his way with tricks now, to be the invisible puppet master. He wanted Lord Richard to see him. He wanted him to choose. And that left David, whose weapons were manipulation and deception, quite hopelessly adrift. All he could do was offer, as blatantly as he might but without saying anything that would force Lord Richard to a decision, because he was too afraid that the decision would be no.
David carried the chair over, placed it opposite Lord Richard, waited. And waited some more, because Lord Richard was looking at the letter he held and did not seem quite able to speak. ” “No. ” He glanced at David, at his hair, and then hurriedly away to stare over his shoulder. “I, uh. ” That was unexpected. David turned the question in his mind, not sure of Lord Richard’s angle. ” This was not good. “I know that she was a very young lady when she married the marquess your father,” he began with care.