By Cathy Maxwell
She by no means anticipated it'll come to this Desperation and an empty belly compelled Fiona Lachlan to conform to a plan that ended up luring the wickedly infamous Duke of Holburn into difficulty. every little thing went extraordinarily improper, and now she has came upon herself posing as his ward! And whereas she swore not anything can make her want a scoundrel, whether he was once a duke, she is now drawing ever towards the single 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 course. yet now his wild methods have got him into genuine threat. There are killers on the door and a temptingly appealing lady in his hands. he's approximately to discover himself seduced . . . and he is not fairly definite he desires to face up to this time.
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The Irish henchmen were outside. The duke was leaning over, one hand on his side as if in pain. Fiona pushed him toward the open coach door first but he held back, motioning her to go forward. "Please, Hester, into the coach," Fiona begged. But Hester didn't move. " she demanded. "Why is he with you? " "It's a long story," Fiona started, taking Hester's arm and attempting to direct her up the step into the coach. " Hester stepped back. " she demanded enunciating each syllable. She was a woman accustomed to having her way.
Fiona smiled. Her earlier shyness fled in the face of her purpose. She slid her hand in her pocket and palmed the vial as she walked toward him. Still sitting in his chair in front of the table, he watched her approach, his eyes alive with interest. Looking past his shoulder, she could see the lip of his wine glass. She sat on his lap. The duke brought his legs up to support her weight. His hands went right for her waist. Fiona smiled down at him. She pushed that lock of hair back from his forehead and slid her arms around his neck, the vial in her right hand.
I don't think so," she said, backing away from him. He grabbed the front of her coat and attempted to yank her into the coach just as a pistol shot filled the air. Thomas had come out of the inn and stood ten feet away. The duke came back into the coach, his hand losing its hold on Hester. But it wasn't him the shot had hit. It was the courtesan. Thomas had missed, again. Hester's eyes widened. " she repeated and then fell to the ground. "Drive," the duke shouted at the coachman as the Irishman cursed his bad aim.