A Seduction at Christmas (Scandals and Seduction, Book 1) by Cathy Maxwell

By Cathy Maxwell

She by no means anticipated it's going to come to this Desperation and an empty abdominal pressured Fiona Lachlan to comply with a plan that ended up luring the wickedly infamous Duke of Holburn into hassle. every thing went extraordinarily mistaken, and now she has came upon herself posing as his ward! And whereas she swore not anything can make her need a scoundrel, whether he used to be a duke, she is now drawing ever toward the only guy she can't have . . . "Beware of innocence!" The Duke of Holburn had spent years heeding this caution, and in doing so, controlled to prevent the virginal younger girls who were installed his direction. yet now his wild methods have got him into genuine possibility. There are killers on the door and a temptingly attractive girl in his fingers. he's approximately to discover himself seduced . . . and he's not fairly definite he desires to withstand this time.

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It was all Fiona could do to keep her balance. The duke was a silent, still figure in the corner of the coach, his arms hugging his sides. At last the driver gained control of his horse and the ride grew smoother. Resettling herself, Fiona shivered from fear and the weather. "I left my shawl back in the room," she said, the complaint sounding inane considering the circumstances. She was surprised she still held the duke's coin purse. She dropped it on the seat as if blaming it for all that had happened this night.

She straightened. "I believe I must go now," she informed him with all the crisp haughtiness of a duchess. She would have marched right out the door, head high, not even worrying about her shawl-except for his holding up the coin purse. She froze, staring at the red leather purse. She could curse herself. Why hadn't she placed it in her pocket when she had a chance? "That's mine," Fiona said. " "But I'm not through asking questions," he said with no show of remorse. A lock of his hair fell over his forehead, giving him a boyishly handsome appearance.

How comforting," was his dry reply. Fiona frowned at his sarcasm. "Perhaps you deserved that bellyache," she muttered. That comment brought a reaction out in him. He sat up, his eyes opened and his face contorted in fury. "Bellyache? Do you believe that's all this is? " "I didn't poison you exactly," she hurried to say. " he bit out. "A potion that would make you heartily sick," she answered. "And it has. But it is what you deserved," she couldn't help adding under her breath. He heard her. "Deserved?

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