by Beth Henderson
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Working as an amateur photographer in San Francisco's sordid Barbary Coast, Lilly Renfrew stumbled upon the grisly stabbing of a prostitute. Fleeing the murder scene with the killer fast in pursuit, she crashed into a man as handsome as sin who vowed to protect her!
As a former con artist, Deegan Galloway knew every back alley of the Barbary Coast, but as a newly accepted member of the upper classes, he was stifled by his boring, respectable life. When a beautiful damsel in distress begged his help in unearthing a murderer, he couldn't resist joining in the search. But he never imagined he'd be in danger of losing his heart . . .
"First off, you are an extremely desirable woman . . ."
Lilly wanted to believe Deegan, wanted to very badly. Experience had convinced her otherwise. "I'm too tall."
"I'm not beautiful. In fact, only kind people would even term me a pretty woman."
"Then they are not merely kind, they are blind," Deegan assured her. "You have a beauty that transcends time."
Lilly linked her arms around his neck. "I see you are one of the blind, then."
He chuckled "Perhaps I am. Blinded by your loveliness."
"What is it they claim the Irish practice? Blarney?"
"It isn't a religion, it's a gift," he corrected, "and I haven't uttered a bit of blarney to you, my lass. If things were different, I would court you in earnest."
If things were different. But they weren't. She was still the strapping daughter of a city clerk and he was still a man in love with someone else . . .
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