GENRE: Historical Fiction
There were two things in the world Evan MacAllister found irresistible—an exquisitely-shaped woman and an exquisitely-shaped diamond.
Of course, those weren’t the only things that Evan enjoyed. He adored pressed duck, American bourbon and the tawdriest form of burlesque theatre. He read The Queen as eagerly as any housewife and gambled at the races like a laborer on a Bank Holiday. And he had an unexplained weakness for Norfolk jackets.
But nothing compared to his love for women and diamonds. Two vices that could get a man into trouble more quickly than others. And, incidentally, the two responsible for Evan’s current predicament.
When he first spotted Sarah Purves in the drawing room at Alexander Darling’s house, pale and poised and sporting that flashing rectangle of carbon on her second finger, the only word that came to mind was, “Exquisite.”
Both were guests at the Darlings’ country house for the last hunt of the season. Sarah was lonely and bored; Evan was willing to entertain both Sarah and her diamond. Without much difficulty, he enticed her into a dark corner or two. Sarah began eagerly looking for Evan every evening and then, just as eagerly, looked for an unoccupied room.
One night Sarah was stretched across the billiards table, Evan sucking each of her fingers teasingly. He slipped her ring off with his tongue and, just as quickly, pushed on another ring that had been tucked inside his cheek. Whenever she next looked down at her ring, however often it was she did that, she would see a clear rectangle glinting with rainbows, the same as she always saw.