How to Capture a Countess (The Duchess Diaries)

By Karen Hawkins

New York occasions bestselling writer Karen Hawkins units Scottish hearts afire during this delightfully witty and horny Regency romance, the 1st in her Duchess Diaries series.

Urged via her favourite nephew, the intimidating Duchess of Roxburghe is of the same opinion to rework a thorny Scottish rose right into a wonderful bloom. yet even she isn’t ready for fiery Rose Balfour.

At seventeen, Rose fell wildly in love with Lord Alton Sinclair, referred to as Lord Sin for his depraved methods. Stung by way of his indifference, the starry-eyed woman attempted to win a bootleg kiss, yet then panicked and driven the infamous rakehell right into a fountain. Leaving Lord Sin floating one of the lily pads to the mocking laughter of his friends, Rose escaped again to the obscurity of the Scottish countryside.

Six years later, Sin convinces his aunt, the Duchess of Roxburghe, to ask Rose to her annual apartment celebration, the place he plans to get revenge by way of making Rose the laughingstock of well mannered society. To his astonishment, he unearths she has develop into an desirable lady who threatens to show the tables on his nefarious plans. hence Sin and Rose start an epic conflict of the sexes that turns into extra passionate at each flip. ultimately, one should surrender…but to vengeance? Or to love’s private ardour?

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What if I persuade Rose to wait my iciness Ball? you'll communicate to her then. ” He blinked. “Do you're thinking that you could? ” “I can attempt. ” Aunt Margaret set Meenie at the ground, the opposite canine instantly status and stretching. “And whereas I’m doing my half, you ensure that you do do yours. ” She swept to the door, the pugs bounding after her. “I anticipate you to be in your most sensible, so much princely habit. extra to the purpose, I anticipate you to go away your delight on the door and inform that woman what you consider her, and to do it with prettier phrases than ‘must’ and ‘have to.

Ah. Lord Sinclair has to be deeply in like to proceed with the connection for thus lengthy. ” Rose’s belly felt strange, as though her toast wasn’t sitting good. “Two years . . . that’s whatever. ” Annie laughed. “Lord, no. No’ in response to Lord Sin’s—pardon me, pass over, Lord Sinclair’s valet, Mr. Dunn, who's as flash a cove as ever walked the earth. ’Tis naught yet a flirtation. ” “For years? ” “I daresay her ladyship has been handy, omit. Me mam, bless her soul, tol’ me tha’ used to be the worst factor ye can be to a man—convenient.

No matter what it used to be, it wasn’t sufficient. “Sinclair,” his grandmother stated, having a look livid. “Get out of that fountain! ” A tiny girl donning a puce dress, her white hair decorated with a daft quantity of plant life, scurried up. “Rose! solid heavens! What are you doing right here? I’ve been trying to find you far and wide and—” The woman’s gaze fell on Sin, and he or she gasped and jumped as though he have been a loch monster. “Oh pricey! ” Face crimson, she accrued Rose. “Come. we're leaving instantly. ” “But, I—” Rose started, yet she was once no fit for the tiny woman, who looked as if it would have grown hands as robust as a endure baiter’s.

An excessive amount of Rose. She makes a guy as giddy as a bottle of the simplest Scotch. He bent to pat a pug that was once mauling his boots after which straightened. “I imagine I’ll retire to my room until eventually dinner. that's, until you would like whatever? ” “Oh no,” she spoke back, her gaze sharp. “Good day, then. ” Sin made his bow and climbed the steps, acutely aware that she remained on the backside, observing him. He couldn’t forget about it. Hmm. it seems that i could be way more heavily saw at my great-aunt’s than I anticipated. i'll placed a cease to that instantly; I’m now not the following for anyone’s entertainment yet my very own.

He’s been traveling me at evening. ” a minimum of the pug will be blissful to work out her. She went to the door. “Rose, don’t—” She’d already unlocked and opened the door, her gaze at the ground. a couple of red slippers peeked out from a silk gown. Astounded, Rose the gown all of the approach as much as omit Isobel’s stunned face. The woman’s eyes flickered from Rose’s sheet-clad physique to the place Sin stood bare through the window, absolutely uncovered through the moonlight. Isobel’s eyes widened after which she screamed. Twenty-one From the Diary of the Duchess of Roxburghe The variety of humans wandering the halls of flooring citadel in the course of the evening is appalling.

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