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 attractive Regency romance, the 1st in her Duchess Diaries series.

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

At seventeen, Rose fell wildly in love with Lord Alton Sinclair, often called Lord Sin for his depraved methods. Stung by means of his indifference, the starry-eyed lady 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 condo occasion, the place he plans to get revenge through making Rose the laughingstock of well mannered society. To his astonishment, he reveals she has develop into an attractive girl who threatens to show the tables on his nefarious plans. therefore Sin and Rose commence an epic conflict of the sexes that turns into extra passionate at each flip. ultimately, one must surrender…but to vengeance? Or to love’s private ardour?

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Should you don’t, these hyenas at the terrace won't ever give up. ” She glanced on the terrace and nodded. She grew to become and made her shot. Her ball hurdled immediately to the pole, simply knocking his ball out of ways. “Good play! ” the duchess referred to as. “One for the women! ” girl Charlotte acknowledged, clapping. “And a jolly solid blow to the shin, too! ” Mrs. Stewart further. “An first-class procedure! ” Sin, who may possibly think the knot emerging on his shin, tangled up, “Vultures, the lot of them. ” “They’re no longer being very kind,” she agreed. “Well, i've got one shot to most sensible you and I’m going to take it, pained shin or now not. ” He eyed the gap with a contemplating gaze after which limped over to line up his mallet. He bent to shoot, then stopped and regarded up at her. “You’re within the mild. ” Rose moved to at least one facet. The night wind was once emerging and he or she needed to preserve her arms right down to her facets to maintain the wind from whipping her skirts an excessive amount of. Sin started his swing. simply as he did, a robust wind rippled around the garden, sending her skirts flapping regardless of her efforts. Sin stuck the flutter of her skirts out of the nook of his eye simply as he swung on the ball. His gaze instantly grew to become her approach and as he appeared, so went his mallet. rather than hitting the ball head-on, he clipped it and it spun right into a small dip beside a shrub. “Damn it! ” he snapped. “Another one for the women! ” girl Charlotte known as from her knitting. “Thank you, Lord Sinclair! I simply received shillings from the vicar! ” “As did I! ” referred to as the duchess. The vicar used to be staring bleakly at them. “Oh dear,” Rose acknowledged. “I desire he didn’t additionally guess with Mrs. Stewart. She gloats horribly. ” Sin didn’t solution. She grew to become and observed that the golf green mallet had already been lower back to the leather-based case. Sin was once long gone, his large shoulders catching the ultimate rays of the sunlight as he headed for the stables, limping. Nineteen From the Diary of the Duchess of Roxburghe I’ve by no means heard a vicar converse like that. Had I identified he may curse in one of these greater model, i would have listened to his sermons extra heavily. Dinner that evening used to be full of life. Rose used to be feted by means of the sport watchers, toasted because the Queen of Pall-Mall, and given a crown made up of silver paper. woman Charlotte and the duchess have been giddy and couldn’t cease speaking concerning the online game. Even Mrs. Stewart, who was once frequently asleep through the second one path, were so enlivened by means of profitable a shilling from the vicar that she controlled to stick unsleeping for the complete meal. As dinner stepped forward, Sin heard such exaggerations concerning the video game that he started to ponder whether he’d attended an identical one. however the worst of it used to be the mockery he needed to suffer. He had proposal that at the least Mr. Stewart might express a few restraint, however the aged gentleman had made such comedian faces whereas telling the tale of Sin’s injured leg that Lord Cameron and Mr. Munro were despatched into gales of laughter. Rose sometimes despatched him commiserating glances, which he favored, yet they did little for his wounded satisfaction. by the point the gents have been having port, Sin was once wanting to break out.

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