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Aly is so frigging bored | 848 comments Mod
She was sitting in the seat on the other side of his desk the next morning, tilted toward the door, with the damn basket on her lap. The same one he had been haunted by for a week. Wearing the same smile he had been haunted by for months. He entered the room and quickly averted his gaze.
“Good morning, Mr. Hero. You are looking fine this morning.”
He had passed the looking glass on the way here. He looked like the back alley—before it had been scrubbed. He had grabbed three hours of sleep after another assassination attempt, the burning of Building Seven at the docks, where his enemies had thought the Exchange records had been transferred, and theamusement outside her home. Last night’s assailants were down the street in one of his secure facilities, waiting for him to do with them as he willed.
Having in custody the men from her attack meant he had to do more questioning. He hated questioning. It meant speaking, and possibly having to change his clothes afterward. But he wasn’t going to trust the questioning to someone else—not on this.
And here Miss Bleeding Sunshine sat, looking as if just this morning she’d been attended by fairies, baked with elves, and had tea with a unicorn.
“What do you want?” he asked brusquely.
“I am here to offer my report and to share what I’ve been up to.” She extended the basket across his desk as he sat in his chair. “And to bring you these. The basket has been empty each night, so I hope you have been enjoying them.”
Of course the boys would have finished the treats after removing them. It was always their own choice whether to eat Hero’s food.
He flipped open his ledger and looked at the tasks for the day. He wanted to scrub a hand over his face, but he pinned her with a dark look instead. “Well?”
“I am well, yes. Though we had a tough night. Fires, you know. And scuffles. And gunshots. All of London is on edge these days.”
He tried to keep loose. He narrowed his eyes. “What?”
She waved a hand. “Nothing of consequence.”
Fires, as in plural? He drummed his fingers on his desk. Don’t ask. “Fires?” Ass, cow, lips, shit.
“Yes.” She looked up and to the left. “I think there were three. One was quite concerning. The other two were fairly small.”
He usually left the discipline to Hero’s Brother or Milton or One-eye, but all of the men who had watched her house last night after he’d left would be in for a trouser change at the very least.
She leaned toward him conspiratorially. “Our maid is interested in the neighbor’s footman. Quite a nice-looking fellow who has solid goals.”
Hero stared at her wondering, not for the first time, what in the hell she was talking about.
And . . . she was still sitting across from him. He didn’t have any new scowls left. He had used up all of his fiercest ones with her, ones he hadn’t even had to use on his bitterest enemies, and to no avail. He was becoming a little concerned actually that he was . . . stuck with her. There was something about the set of her body that said she might be . . . permanent.

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Kasey | 560 comments Mod
I don't know what it is, but is sounds good!

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Dls | 2059 comments Mod
Oh, yes, I really liked this book. Its like the hero and heroine are from two different books with completely different styles (he:grim; she: bright and charming) with hysterical culture clash. Great choice.

Aly is so frigging bored | 848 comments Mod
I love all the books in this series and I couldn't help myself :D

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Janga | 1070 comments Mod
The tougher they are, the harder they fall. :) I liked this one too.

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Monica | 548 comments Mod
I haven't a clue! I'm definitely interested though!

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Irisheyes | 892 comments No clue, either.

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Manda Collins (manda_collins) | 1878 comments Mod
I have a guess...

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Dls | 2059 comments Mod
She's become such an interesting author. I am curious what she will do next.

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Kasey | 560 comments Mod
I read the first in the series, but I need to get the next couple. I will be sure to add them to my to-be-read list.

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Monica | 548 comments Mod
Ahhh, I've only read one of her books SO FAR!

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