By Tessa Dare

"**A transitority engagement, an entire life within the making . . .**

After years of fending for herself, Kate Taylor came upon friendship and popularity in Spindle Cove—but she by no means stopped longing for love. The final position she'd search for it truly is within the palms of Corporal Thorne. The armed forces commander is as stone chilly as he's brutally good-looking. but if mysterious strangers come trying to find Kate, Thorne steps ahead as her fiancé. He claims to have simply Kate's safeguard in brain. So why is there smoldering ardour in his kiss?

Long in the past, Samuel Thorne dedicated his lifestyles to guarding Kate's happiness. He wishes what's most sensible for her, and he understands it's now not marriage to a guy like him. To out live their transitority engagement, he needs to hold his arms off her tempting physique and lock her hot smiles out of his withered center. It's the hardest conflict of this hardened warrior's lifestyles . . . and the 1st he turns out destined to lose.

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Her gaze encompassed the other woman from the top of the countess’s hair to the tips of the shoes that peeped beneath her skirts. Nor was that the only spot to which her attention was directed. Arabella appeared fixed on the older woman’s chest, as if she were counting the rising and falling of that not inconsiderable bosom. She even stared at the countess’s ears, and Gillian knew she was not intrigued with the glittering diamond earrings. THE SCOTTISH COMPANION 49 Arabella was no doubt wondering if there was a way to test the older woman’s hearing.

He nodded at Blevins, and the man disappeared. Dr. Fenton led Arabella to a sofa, and Gillian followed, uncertain of the protocol. Did she sit beside her? In another chair? Did she excuse herself from the room entirely? She chose to sit on an adjoining sofa, and realized that she’d made the wrong decision when the earl sat next to her. His hands were large and square, the fingers long, his nails cut straight across. She tended to notice hands on a man, as well as the back of his neck. Odd things, really, since physical characteristics gave no indication of a man’s character or temperament.

I would think that you would train her, instead. ” Her dark eyes were filled with an emotion he didn’t want to decipher. Without another word, she turned and left the room. He stared after her, wondering if he should have shared his suspicions. Someone had wanted his brothers dead. But who? And did their murderous intent extend to him? Who was next in line to inherit the title? An obscure second cousin who’d immigrated to America. He hadn’t heard of the family for years, wasn’t even certain the man was alive.

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