By Cathy Maxwell
She by no means anticipated it will come to this Desperation and an empty belly pressured Fiona Lachlan to conform to a plan that ended up luring the wickedly infamous Duke of Holburn into hassle. every little thing went extraordinarily unsuitable, and now she has stumbled on herself posing as his ward! And whereas she swore not anything can make her need a scoundrel, no matter if he was once a duke, she is now drawing ever towards 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 have been installed his direction. yet now his wild methods have got him into genuine probability. There are killers on the door and a temptingly attractive lady in his fingers. he's approximately to discover himself seduced . . . and he is not relatively convinced he desires to withstand this time.
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She snatched up his coin purse from the table and would have hurried past him except that Nick caught her arm. He swung her around and without preamble, kissed her. Fiona's lips parted in surprise. Tension shot through her. She raised her hands to push him away. Nick wasn't about to let her go. He took her by both arms, turning his head, forcing the kiss, willing her to bend to him. She resisted, she held-and then she opened. He didn't waste time. He knew what he was doing. And yet, at the first full taste of her mouth, at the first hint of her submission, it was he who was trapped.
The Oracle had been a spirit, a glowing, ethereal vision whose eyes had been hidden from him. This woman was flesh and blood and her eyes snapped with insult. He could well imagine her skewering him with her fork, but he didn't understand why. He really hadn't been that rough with her. What she did share with the Oracle was beauty. Her cheekbones were high, her red hair a dark auburn that tumbled becomingly down around her shoulders, the pins having been knocked loose when he'd grabbed her. She was of average height, her waist trim, her breasts full.
For a second, panic threatened. Her breathing grew shallow. She couldn't control herself. Memories of the rape competed with a yearning, a desire she'd never known before. The duke frowned, noticing the change in her. His hold loosened. " Half embarrassed and half relieved, she said, "Nothing," as she tilted her hand behind him and poured the contents of the vial into his wine. She let the small bottle drop to the table. The duke never noticed, or so she thought. He drew back, looking up at her.