Once Upon a Winter's Eve (Spindle Cove, Book 1.5)

By Tessa Dare

To win her love...

As an incredibly prosperous laird, Gowan Stoughton, Duke of Kinross, may have any of the maidens on the ball he attends. the one challenge is that they are all English and Gowan isn't really so definite they're compatible. he's acquainted with the hard-working lasses from his Highlands, no longer those dainty noblewomen who spend their days ingesting tea or another such nonsense. yet then he makes the acquaintance of girl Edith Gilchrist. completely bewitched via the emerald-eyed good looks with lush golden locks, he understands he should have her.

He needs to loose her from her tower...

"Edie" had the misfortune of being dreadfully unwell at her debut ball and rarely recollects what Gowan feels like. Even worse, she authorised his idea day after today. Edie's simply actual ardour is taking part in music—until Gowan writes a scandalous letter and stirs the main impossible to resist hope. but after they marry, Edie realizes her husband wishes a lesson and locks herself in a tower. someway Gowan needs to have the option to go into the tower and persuade his new bride that she belongs in his arms.

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Violet iced up, shocked motionless by means of the wash of long-forgotten sensations. the feeling of being touched. Of being wanted. Don’t be made a idiot back. “Well, Violet? ” Susanna checked out her confidently. She shook herself. “I’m sorry, what? ” “Will you're feeling secure with him? ” Susanna indicated the dozing guy in her lap. watch out, her center pounded. watch out, pay attention. She nodded. “I have Finn and Mr. Fosbury to perk up with me. And the entire condo of servants, may still we want them. ” And that used to be how leave out Violet Winterbottom, routine wallflower, chanced on herself in Sir Lewis Finch’s Egyptian-themed library, protecting vigil with a hobbled adolescence, a tavern keeper, and an subconscious guy who simply can be a undercover agent. a couple of footmen entered, bringing clean blankets and dry clothing. whereas they tended to the subconscious guy, Violet busied herself learning the floor-to-ceiling bookshelves. Sir Lewis Finch used to be a celebrated inventor of weaponry and a famous collector of antiquities. His library held every kind of treasures. in spite of everything, she chosen an illustrated compendium, Birds of England—for she reasoned that she wouldn’t have the capacity to truly learn. If she was once to take a seat beside the mysterious, good-looking intruder all evening, her focus was once absolute to be compromised. optimistically, it'd be the one factor compromised. by the point the footmen left, the good residence had long gone quiet. Finn paced from side to side sooner than the window, half-patrolling, half-pouting. Fosbury deposited himself in an armchair close to the fireplace and set approximately paring his fingernails. Violet took the chair nearest the sound asleep stranger and put her ebook on a examining stand. yet rather than taking a look at it, she stared at him. His face have been cleaned of filth and blood. ultimately, she may well take an exceptional, lengthy examine the fellow and positioned her absurd suspicions to relaxation. The linen blouse the footmen had given him draped crisply over his shoulders. The collar gaped, revealing his higher chest. She couldn’t aid yet glance. He was once tanned and muscled there, as she intended all farmhands has to be. Violet had touched a man’s naked chest, as soon as. yet that have been a lean, aristocratic torso—not approximately so rugged and…firm. Pity concerning the nostril, Sally had opined past. Pity certainly. The man’s nostril had truly been damaged, at least one time. It had a rugged line to it, kind of like a lightning bolt. a good portion of his left temple and cheek have been abraded and purple. Violet couldn't say that the scrapes and damaged nostril made him much less handsome—and whether they did make him a fragment much less good-looking, they made him ten instances extra virile and engaging. What used to be it a couple of obvious, flesh-and-bone list of violence that made a guy so eye-catching? She couldn’t clarify it, yet she felt it. Oh, she felt it. She swallowed not easy. No guy had stirred her curiosity for relatively your time. in reality, there has been just one guy who’d ever made her consider like this—and that guy was once part a global away. Or was once he? Violet’s pulse drummed. She dragged her gaze over each strand of his thick, darkish hair and each aspect of his exquisitely lower cheekbones.

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