Bird of Paradise by Elizabeth Daniels

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And he was far from awkward on the dance floor. He danced beautifully, guiding her in wide swooping circles. Pale blond ringlets moved softly on either side of her face. "No, I don't mind," she answered, her husky voice filled with the purring quality of a contented cat. " "I wouldn't put it that strongly, Mr. " He had read the expression in Quire's eyes, though. If he were staying in Boston long, he'd need the sixth sense that had guarded his back in the wilds. The streets of any town harbored predators more vicious than the dangers encountered in the wilderness.

Only when the light faded was she drawn from her reverie to turn up the lamp. The warehouse could be far too quiet at night, the sounds of ships rubbing in their moorings or the noise of mice scurrying among the neatly stacked crates ominous in the stillness. Shadows grew, flitted, as ghostly drafts played with the flames of the oil lamps. Her father was late returning from the docks, fortunately giving her more time to complete the ledger. Her shoulders ached from leaning over the large oak desk, and her eyes burned from frowning over columns of figures that stubbornly refused to balance.

I hope he's continuing the shipping contracts," Lacy said. " Her pale brows rose in surprise. "To whom? " When she did dance with Paradise, Sean wondered whether his daughter would flirt or talk business. It still amazed him that she had such a comprehension of the shipping business, but it shouldn't have. He had trained her as if she'd been his son. He'd only drawn the line at letting her sail. It had always been her heart's desire. If she married Caleb Innes, he would be the last to be surprised if she set up housekeeping on board ship.

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