The Runaway Duke (Warner Forever)

By Julie Anne Long

Ruined! not anyone may perhaps ever accuse Rebecca Tremaine of being a formal younger woman. She's wretched at embroidery, pitiful on the pianoforte, and fully too knowledgeable in regards to the human physique, courtesy of her father's clinical journals. And now she's been compromised through a dandy she despises! whilst her mom and dad manage a hasty marriage, there's just one guy she will be able to flip to for support. Rescued! not anyone is aware that Irish groom Connor Riordan is the 5th Duke of Dunbrooke, "killed" in motion at Waterloo, and he desires it to stick that method. yet a real gentleman by no means turns away a damsel in misery. quickly Connor and Rebecca sprint away-only to be pursued by way of bumbling highwaymen, a scheming duchess, and Rebecca's fiance. Ravished! Being with the attractive and fascinating Rebecca jeopardizes Connor's mystery each day-and checks his determination each evening. For if ever there has been a cause to convey the Duke of Dunbrooke again from the useless, it'd be to make omit Tremaine his Duchess!

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He had held their infants, eaten their bread, talked with them of sheep and drainage ditches. it isn't my fault, he instructed himself vehemently. it isn't my fault that Richard used to be shiftless; it isn't my fault that Richard is lifeless; it isn't my fault that the Pickering boy met a nasty finish. quickly this can all be a foul reminiscence. quickly i'll be on a boat to the USA . . . And but a picture shaped in his head: a stately domestic collapsing into rubble upon the removing of an important beam. yet i may by no means were so vital, he instructed himself.

Is it your arm? Is it bothering you? ” He saved his eyes shaded. “No. ” A unmarried curt syllable. the fireplace popped, sending sparks up the flue. It used to be the single sound within the room for nearly longer than Rebecca may well undergo. “Connor . . . did I . . . have I . . . performed anything incorrect? ” It used to be a second sooner than he replied. “No, Rebecca. ” That unusual, sour tone back. “You have performed not anything fallacious. ” the fireplace leaped and snapped, marking off extra lengthy seconds of silence. She attempted back. “Connor, this afternoon . . . should you .

She requested softly. “I came upon it very soothing to shoot on the French,” he responded wryly. “I was once wounded. I’ve a grand scar,” he additional, surrendering to a under noble impulse to provoke her. Rebecca’s mouth made an “O” of awe and morbid fascination simply as he’d suspected it'll. She scooted to the sting of the mattress and peered carefully as he pulled off his boot, rolled up his trouser leg, and peeled off his stocking. And there it was once, a troublesome glossy course of gouged and raised white dermis the place the musket ball had plowed his calf.

Appears like my groom,” got here a questioned voice in the course of the crowd. strong God. Sir Henry. Connor resisted one more urge to bolt. A move within the crowd, as refined as transferring gentle, stuck Connor’s eye. He may have recognized her at any place; finally, the best way she moved was once what had first drawn his eyes to her such a lot of years in the past. “Don’t pass anyplace, Pierce,” he murmured to the colonel, who had stepped as much as his part. He was once in entrance of Cordelia in 3 lengthy strides. Slowly, as if her head used to be at risk of toppling from her neck except she took nice care with it, Cordelia lifted her eyes to Connor’s face.

Or fairly, it simply slightly neglected us. ” Connor pulled the grey horse to a halt and swept the backyard together with his eyes. they'd simply witnessed the departure of the trainer he had meant to take. And based on the agenda he’d received every week in the past, the following mail trainer wouldn’t arrive for one more hour or so. “Oh, no! Connor! glance, it’s—” Rebecca ducked her head. Katie Denslowe, Robbie’s sister, used to be bustling around the backyard. 3 tiny young ones scurried in the back of her like ducklings, colliding with one another, and the air rang with their shrill little voices.

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