In the Bed of a Duke by Cathy Maxwell

By Cathy Maxwell

The distressed visitor Charlotte Cameron encounters on a wet Scottish evening is the absolute worst guy she may have invited into her carriage! it truly is Phillip Maddox, the reprehensible Duke of Colster, who introduced the complete weight of the ton's fury down upon her—simply simply because Charlotte inspired her sister to not wed the robust peer. And now the seductive satan accountable for her social spoil is sitting shut adequate to kiss . . . Phillip's distaste for the meddlesome attractiveness suits Charlotte's—though, less than trade conditions, he may need loved sampling the sensuous charms of the tempting younger chit. there's grave hazard, despite the fact that, at the trip they now needs to reluctantly share—and a nemesis who skill them either mortal damage. yet can a keenness that inconveniently ignites within the face of catastrophe erase a painful prior . . . and lead sworn enemies to a so much unanticipated vacation spot: the bedchamber?

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Her mouth was open when he brought his down over it. He was not gentle. He didn’t want to be. This kiss was punishment. His intention was to break her to his spirit, to overpower her into submission. It became a war of wills. But only for a moment. Phillip was many things—duke, diplomat, legislator . . but he was first and foremost a man. A man whose desires had not been slaked in years of self-imposed celibacy. His secretary Freedman and others had warned him it wasn’t wise for a man to be alone.

It really was a sin to have so much power and waste it on a petty vendetta against her and her sisters. He was no better than a worm in her estimation. A squirming, sightless, fish bait worm— although he didn’t resemble a worm. Not by any stretch of her very capable imagination. No, the Duke of Colster was a finely made man. Charlotte could understand why half the female population in England fawned over him. His shoulders were broad, his nose straight, intelligence clear in his eyes. Add to the mix his In the Bed of a Duke 31 devotion to his late wife, and he became the tragic hero.

We Americans don’t know how to handle ourselves at all around dukes with wandering hands. ” He gave her a grudging smile, free of any of his earlier hostility. “Very good, Cameron. Let’s be republican. ” He paused a moment before adding in softer tone, “You have a good head on your shoulders. You’ll need it. I am a worthy opponent . . ” It wasn’t the most flattering compliment, but 48 Cathy Maxwell Charlotte found herself pleased. She folded her hands in her lap, realizing that it might be the moment to offer an olive branch.

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