Saint Sin, by Mary Gillgannon

SaintSin

To save her brother from crushing gambling debt, Ariella Lyndgate is willing to do nearly anything . . . even become a thief. When offered an opportunity to cancel out the debt by retrieving a diamond called the Blue Moon from a man she’s told isn’t really the diamond’s owner, she agrees. The diamond is currently in the possession of Michael St. Cyr, a wealthy earl known as “Saint Sin” because of his outrageous and decadent parties. Ariella arranges to attend one of these events and immediately begins her hunt for the diamond. She’s searching her host’s bedchamber when St. Cyr walks in.

Upon discovering a beautiful and voluptuous young woman in his personal apartments, Michael immediately assumes she’s a “fashionable impure” sent by one of his friends to entertain him for the night. Ariella goes along with his assumption and is soon entangled in a complex and erotic deception. But as she gets deeper into the charade, she finds the elegant earl arouses more than just her passion. She can’t seem to control her growing feelings for the man she’s intent on robbing.

Michael, who’d long ago giving up caring about much of anything, finds himself enthralled with this young woman, who despite her incredible responsiveness, seems somehow still an innocent. Can sweet Ariella heal the pain left by his terrible loss all those years ago? Or will she betray him and break his heart?

Set in the vivid Regency world of glittering ballrooms, sinister gambling hells and squalid back alleyways, SAINT SIN explores the sizzling temptation and wrenching choices that face two desperate people who must risk everything for love.

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