Authors: Loretta Chase
Tags: #Romance, #Fiction, #General
Carsington's sleep was not restful. Mirabel rose and came nearer the
bed to study his face. His voice scarcely rose above a murmur, but he
was flailing about. She must stop him, or he'd harm himself. So she
flung herself across his chest.
shuddered briefly, then stilled. Mirabel waited, uncertain what to
do. Should she let him sleep or wake him? If he slept, he might
return to the nightmare.
said it was a miracle Mr. Carsington had survived until he was found
on the battlefield, many hours after the battle. It must have taken
unimaginable courage and a will of iron. Not to mention a remarkably
strong and resilient body. It was this thought that brought Mirabel
back to the present, to where she was, lying across the famously
indestructible body. Now she was acutely aware of the hardness and
warmth under her. If only…
she lifted her head and looked at him… and found him looking
back at her. His eyes were open. Mirabel swallowed. "Bad dream,"
had a bad dream?" Mr. Carsington asked.
FOR THE NOVELS OF
is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either
are the product of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously,
and any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, business
establishments, events, or locales is entirely coincidental.
Berkley Sensation Book / published by arrangement with the author
Sensation edition / March 2004
© 2004 by Loretta Chekani. Cover illustration by One By Two.
design by George Long. Interior text design by Kristin del Rosario.
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IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
late autumn, 1817
Right Honorable Edward Junius Carsington, Earl of Hargate, had five
sons, which was three more than he needed. Since Providence—with
some help from his wife—had early blessed him with a robust
heir and an equally healthy spare, he'd rather the last three infants
had been daughters.
was because his lordship, unlike many of his peers, had a morbid
aversion to accumulating debt, and everyone knows that sons,
especially a nobleman's sons, are beastly expensive.
modest schooling aristocratic girls require can be provided well
enough at home, while boys must be sent away to public school, then
the course of growing up, properly looked after girls do not get into
scrapes their father must pay enormous sums to get them out of. Boys
do little else, unless kept in cages, which is impractical.
at least, was true of Lord Hargate's boys. Having inherited their
parents' good looks, abundant vitality, and strong will, they tumbled
into trouble with depressing regularity.