In the Bed of a Duke by Cathy Maxwell

By Cathy Maxwell

The distressed tourist Charlotte Cameron encounters on a wet Scottish evening is the absolute worst guy she may have invited into her carriage! it really is Phillip Maddox, the reprehensible Duke of Colster, who introduced the total weight of the ton's fury down upon her—simply simply because Charlotte inspired her sister to not wed the strong peer. And now the seductive satan liable for her social smash is sitting shut sufficient to kiss . . . Phillip's distaste for the meddlesome good looks suits Charlotte's—though, less than exchange conditions, he may have loved sampling the sensuous charms of the tempting younger chit. there's grave threat, in spite of the fact that, at the trip they now needs to reluctantly share—and a nemesis who potential them either mortal damage. yet can a fondness that inconveniently ignites within the face of catastrophe erase a painful earlier . . . and lead sworn enemies to a so much unanticipated vacation spot: the bedchamber?

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A man’s voice answered in a thick brogue. In the Bed of a Duke 53 There was a moment of almost unintelligible conversation as the cousins exchanged greetings, and then the coach door opened. Charlotte moved forward, her hatbox in her hand, waiting for Fergus to put down the step. With a flourish, Klem said, “Welcome, miss, to Loch Airigh. The water is over beyond. You can tell where it lies by the fog, but you wouldn’t want to be wandering around at night or you might fall in. ” He nodded to a man about five feet tall with a balding head, a straggly beard, and a nose that appeared to have been broken several times.

She pulled her knitting out of her bag and started her needles working. She was knitting a pair of warm socks for her new brother-in-law. Practical socks. She’d wager the duke had never made anything practical in his life. She just wished her fingers didn’t tremble. It ruined the impression she wanted to give of ignoring him. She tucked her needles back in the bag. More minutes of stony silence passed between them. Colster appeared to be sleeping, but Charlotte doubted that he was. There was too much tension in his body.

What had she gotten herself into? Thankfully, the storm settled into a steady, miserable rain. Her fingers trembled as she pulled out her knitting needles and wool and set to work. The murky afternoon light inside the coach was not good for handwork, but she needed something to put her fears at bay. Isabel Severson, who, along with her husband, had invited the Cameron sisters to live under their roof, had urged her to hire a maid to travel with her, but Charlotte could not spare the expense. Besides, she was long past the age of 26 Cathy Maxwell needing to hire a lady companion for the trip, and Laird MacKenna had assured her he had maids on his staff she could use.

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