The Earl’s Enticement
By: Collette Cameron
Released May 28th, 2014
She won’t be tamed.
A fiery, unconventional Scot, Adaira Ferguson wears breeches, swears, and has no more desire to marry than she does to follow society’s dictates of appropriate behavior. She trusts no man with the secret she desperately protects.
He can’t forget.
Haunted by his past, Roark, The Earl of Clarendon, rigidly adheres to propriety, holding himself and those around him to the highest standards, no matter the cost. Betrayed once, he’s guarded and leery of all women.
Mistaking Roark for a known spy, Adaira imprisons him. Infuriated, he vows vengeance. Realizing her error, she’s appalled and releases him, but he’s not satisfied with his freedom. Roark is determined to transform Adaira from an ill-mannered hoyden to a lady of refinement.
He succeeds only to discover, he preferred the free-spirited Scottish lass who first captured his heart.
Adaira’s shoulders slumped in resignation. From habit, she fingered the cross resting on her breastbone. How would she endure two weeks of isolation?
“Would you send some books on animal husbandry from the library, please?” Not that she was overly fond of reading, but she had to have something to occupy her time. She wasn’t about to take up embroidery or tatting. “You’ll see to my horses? Fionn needs to be ridden daily. He prefers me, but will tolerate Jocky or Ewan.”
Father’s features softened. “Don’t worry about your beasties. We’ll see they’re well cared for.”
He smiled then, the first hint of happiness she’d observed in him since this whole debacle began yesterday. “The earl is mighty impressed with yer horseflesh. He’s of a mind to purchase some of the yearlings and spoke of a joint breeding endeavor.”
Adaira gaped at him. Was he serious?
As if she’d ever—as long as she had a breath in her body, as long as the Church of Scotland sanctioned marriages at Gretna Green, as long as . . . as Dugall gobbled down Sorcha’s shortbread cookies like a man long starved ever—agree to such a ludicrous scheme.
She stifled a hysterical giggle when her thoughts turned to discussing breeding procedures with the earl. How ridiculously discomfiting. Surely the heat infusing her was caused by outrage, or—she cast a glance to the windows, yes, the sun was pulsing off the pane—the temperature outside.
Maisey approached them, wringing her hands in her apron. “Yer breakfast is prepared, and I made yer bed.”
She sliced a nervous glance toward Adaira’s father. “Do ye have need of anything else, Miss Adaira?”
There was a hopeful tone in her voice. She was such a loyal dear.
Adaira sighed. “No, Maisey. I can manage well enough on my own, thank you.”
The maid dipped a curtsy. Adaira bit the inside of her cheek to stop the smile that threatened. Maisey only curtsied when Father was present. He stepped aside to let the maid pass. She continued down the hallway.
“Don’t be too hasty to say no to the breeding venture, lass. Clarendon has some remarkable horseflesh himself.” He gave her an intent look. “Ye’d do well to remember whose keep this is, and why ye have been allowed yer discretion with the horses, Adaira. The earl may very well make a contract between the two of ye a contingency of yer retribution.”
“Never!” she vowed, fists clenched. Blackmail her, would his lordship? He’d no right to her new line of horseflesh.
Father scowled. “Ye’ll have no say in the matter if it’s what he demands.”
With that dour declaration, he closed the door. Metal scraped against metal as he turned the key in the lock.
“We’ll see about that,” Adaira muttered mutinously.
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Award winning, Amazon best-selling, and multi-published historical romance author, Collette Cameron, has a BS in Liberal Studies and a Master's in Teaching. A Pacific Northwest Native, Collette’s been married for thirty years, has three amazing adult children, and five dachshunds. Collette loves a good joke, inspirational quotes, flowers, the beach, trivia, birds, shabby chic, and Cadbury Chocolate. You'll always find dogs, birds, quirky—sometimes naughty—humor, and a dash of inspiration in her novels. Her motto for life? You can’t have too much chocolate, too many hugs, or too many flowers. She’s thinking about adding shoes to that list.
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