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“Oh!” This was said brightly, as if she was happy he had noticed. “I decided I needed my own workspace, instead of constantly infringing upon yours. So I had a few of the boys move a desk in here.”

He stared at the petite, feminine, desk that was pushed against his. And wondered how the bloody hell she had managed to convince men who were terrified of him to move the desk inside his domain.

“Absolutely not.”

***

Two hours later, he was still scowling as she happily worked on . . . whatever the hell it was she was working on. Across from him. At her desk. How the hell . . .

He remembered saying no. He remembered cursing. Threatening her unborn children. Then there was a sort of hazy period of smiles and calm words. Then she had touched the back of his hand with her naked fingers.

And now, here he was with . . . her desk . . . pressed to his—surreptitiously watching her scratch her paper, the tip of her tongue poking from the side of her mouth as she worked.”
Anne Mallory, In Total Surrender
“...Go somewhere else. Somewhere safer.”

Anywhere else. God, please. Or he was likely to do something horribly awful, like surrender his sanity and kiss her.”
Anne Mallory, In Total Surrender
“She waited until Jeremy's footsteps receded. "I didn't know you had a brother."
"Now you do." He continued writing.
"Do you have any other siblings?"
"No."
"Parents?"
"I didn't crawl out of Hell, if that's what you are asking.”
Anne Mallory, Three Nights of Sin
“I would destroy the city if something happened to you. I can't even bear the thought of it.”
Anne Mallory, One Night Is Never Enough
“Beauty is something that is hard to debate. Every man thinks his ideal the best. But the wittiest woman rise to the top of this structure, conventional beauty often taking a back seat to a woman possessed of a clever tongue.”
Anne Mallory, Seven Secrets of Seduction
“How do you define difficult?”
“By your presence.”
She grinned fully, delighted to feel the tension
dissipate. “Now you are just flattering me for no
reason.”
He grunted.
“On the contrary,” she said, as if his grunt had
been a worded response. “It was most flattering.”
He stared at her.
“What? Did you think I wouldn’t figure out how to
interpret your grunts?”
Anne Mallory, In Total Surrender
“Yes. She got into a right state when she realized no one could read them, though. She's setting up some sort of literacy curse. Some of the boys want to know--is that like gypsy magic? Can you curse someone to read?”
Anne Mallory, In Total Surrender
“No one is fine on his own. People just say they are.”
Anne Mallory, Seven Secrets of Seduction
“Sometimes one appears to have more freedom than one actually possesses. It is easy to see what one wishes to see.”
Anne Mallory, Seven Secrets of Seduction
“Mr. Wiggles seems
taken with you.”
“It tried to urinate on me the other day. I prefer not
to be ‘taken’ by something like that.”
Anne Mallory, In Total Surrender
“Emotions are lovely. Even if they fall to the negative for a time. The sun will rise again another day. The sadness perhaps never forgotten, but a new day enjoyed in another way. A way that could not have been but for the sadness’s existence.”
Anne Mallory
“Lies from the closest to you are often the most numerous and paralyzing.”
Anne Mallory, Seven Secrets of Seduction
“He had little respect for anyone who was not willing to put in the effort required to survive and thrive. Not everyone needed the same driving ambition that had fueled him. That had led him to being possibly the richest man in London without a title in his lineage -- all earned in under a decade. That had given him the power to change lives. But a person needed to have the drive to change his own life.”
Anne Mallory, Three Nights of Sin
“Marietta is good for you, Gabriel. I quite like her. Don't be a fool and let her go."
"I can do nothing but let her go, John. Sometimes love can only be given by setting someone free.”
Anne Mallory, Three Nights of Sin
“Sometimes the measure of a person can only be gleaned through his interactions with others.”
Anne Mallory, Seven Secrets of Seduction
“I suppose I will just have to make sure that I marry someone I look forward to curling around every morning. Whom I can't be without before breakfast. Or in the noon. Whom I need to race home to see after each appointment. Determined to lock her in my rooms, not because I need to hide anything but because I'd just as soon have her all to myself. To look upon her beloved face and hear her lips whisper in my ear.”
Anne Mallory, Seven Secrets of Seduction
“You read a lot?" Galina finally asked.
"Yes. It's an escape into another world." She tried to keep her words light instead of sad, thoughts of her family in her head. "Sometimes that is the best part of a hard day.”
Anne Mallory, Seven Secrets of Seduction
“Some people get dealt all the aces in life.”
Anne Mallory, In Total Surrender
“There was a small woven basket waiting on his desk
the next day, still smelling like warmed-from-the-oven
sin. A note was attached written with the words
“Have a good day!” A drawing of a tiny dog chasing
a butterfly completed the absurdity.
He stood in front of his desk, just staring at it and
the basket for a full minute. Asps didn’t smell like
baked items, but the latter were no less dangerous.
He tented the edge of the cloth cover with his
smallest finger. Three fruit tarts lay inside.
Poisoned most likely.”
Anne Mallory, In Total Surrender
“I want to know who she is particularly close to
among the staff here.” Who is besotted with her. Hell,
they probably all were. Except Donald, who rarely
broke his stoic façade. And Andreas. “And what
questions she asks.”
Donald inclined his head, hair slipping a fraction
more. “It will be done.” He watched Andreas for a
moment. “And she and her family will be safe here,”
he said, gaze steady, eyes just an extra bit bright.
Andreas nodded sharply back, dismissed him
quickly, all while trying to hold back the curses
layering his tongue at the words that were both said
and unsaid. Donald was infected too.
Goddamn biscuits.”
Anne Mallory, In Total Surrender
“I never realized Death was so fleet of foot.'
'The fleetest. Always dancing in the shadows.'
'Always waiting for his next partner?'
'Dancing through a long list until he finds the perfect one.”
Anne Mallory, One Night Is Never Enough
“Better to leave dreams behind and go forward with purpose.”
Anne Mallory, Seven Secrets of Seduction
“Sometimes the world is better off if one always defaults to option number two.”
Anne Mallory, Seven Secrets of Seduction
“She gifted him with that soft smile. And it did that
strange thing to his insides. He would probably lead
a revolt against the king if she asked him to do it
while wearing that smile.”
Anne Mallory, In Total Surrender
“Her jaw dropped. "You - you -"
He chuckled and winked at her. Her ire evaporated like the steam from the pot--coiling and disappearing into the air. When he used his wiles on her, he was tantalizing. With that purely happy look on his face he was devastating.
"You do realize that I will have my revenge?" she said calmly, though her heart was racing.
"I could hope for no less." He flashed her a grin, and she gripped the side of the table to keep from moving closer.
"I dislike you."
"Always a comfort to know." He looked at the kitchen clock, a small mantel piece positioned precariously on a shelf. "Right on time for the night."
She blinked. She supposed it was something of a nightly ritual. "Wouldn't want to disappoint you, your highness."
"Your majesty, if you will.”
Anne Mallory, Three Nights of Sin
“For someone with so many books and such desire to obtain new copies, you seem awfully ambivalent about them.” “I know their power and impact. It is all about perception, is it not, Miss Chase?” She studied him. “I like to think it is about content, Lord Downing. But perception does lay a gloss on the surface. A finger must but swirl beneath.”
Anne Mallory, Seven Secrets of Seduction
“What do you have?”
“Wine. Weak cider. Water. Whiskey.”
“A veritable plethora of ‘W’ drinks.”
“If I ever have walrus piss, I will offer it as well.”
Anne Mallory, In Total Surrender
“Good morning.” His lips quirked. “I nearly expired from old age, waiting to see if you would actually
knock on the damn thing. My heart couldn’t take it any longer.”
She lifted her chin and stepped inside, brushing past him as she did so. “So you are saying that if only I
had had a few beats more, I would finally have been rid of you?”
She caught his lazy grin as she passed. “I plan to haunt you even in the afterlife,” he whispered, the air of
his words brushing her ear, the door engaging behind her.”
Anne Mallory, One Night Is Never Enough
“That if he were killed in the next few weeks, it would assuredly be near her. At her feet, in her bed. Inside of her.
Unfortunately, that last thought just made him think that if he had to choose his final moments, being
inside Charlotte would really be the way to go.”
Anne Mallory, One Night Is Never Enough
“He was well aware of what an ass he was. Only
Roman could tolerate him, really. Stupid, charming
bastard.”
Anne Mallory, In Total Surrender

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