She won’t be tamed.
A fiery, unconventional Scot, Adaira Ferguson wears breeches, swears, and has no more desire to marry than she does to follow society’s dictates of appropriate behavior. She trusts no man with the secret she desperately protects.
He can’t forget.
Haunted by his past, Roark, The Earl of Clarendon, rigidly adheres to propriety, holding himself and those around him to the highest standards, no matter the cost. Betrayed once, he’s guarded and leery of all women.
Mistaking Roark for a known spy, Adaira imprisons him. Infuriated, he vows vengeance. Realizing her error, she’s appalled and releases him, but he’s not satisfied with his freedom. Roark is determined to transform Adaira from an ill-mannered hoyden to a lady of refinement.
He succeeds only to discover, he preferred the free-spirited Scottish lass who first captured his heart.
Adaira lunged and jabbed the whip in his direction, then danced a few steps backwards. “You dare to speak to me of appropriate behavior?”
She snorted. “You? A known spy?”
His pupils dilated in surprise. Or was it irritation?
“You who tried to attack Yvette and abduct her?”
Jab, jab. Retreat. The last lunge brushed his arm.
Instantly Marquardt’s demeanor changed. His face hardened into chiseled lines. Body rigid, his eyes narrowed to furious slits. “I’ve had enough of your confounded whip and false accusations.”
Adaira faltered. Fear dried her mouth.
She’d only managed to tug the crop cover off a couple of inches before he was on her. In one swift movement, he lunged for the whip. His hand met air. She reared back and swung with all her might. The crop slashed across his left shoulder, the tip rendering a stinging slap to his jaw.
“You bloodthirsty termagant!” He dove and seized the crop, giving it a vicious yank.
She held on, both hands wrapped in a fierce grip about the casing. The concealed blade was her only means of getting him to the dungeon. The only means of keeping Yvette safe from this fiend.
Her only means of protection.
The force of his jerk unbalanced her. With a soft cry, she stumbled and slipped on the stones littering the floor. She fell, pulling Marquardt atop her.
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Award winning, Amazon best-selling, and multi-published historical romance author, Collette Cameron, has a BS in Liberal Studies and a Master’s in Teaching. A Pacific Northwest Native, Collette’s been married for thirty years, has three amazing adult children, and five dachshunds. Collette loves a good joke, inspirational quotes, flowers, the beach, trivia, birds, shabby chic, and Cadbury Chocolate. You’ll always find dogs, birds, quirky—sometimes naughty—humor, and a dash of inspiration in her novels. Her motto for life? You can’t have too much chocolate, too many hugs, or too many flowers. She’s thinking about adding shoes to that list.
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