By Melanie Jackson

As a undercover agent for Henry VIII, Colin Mortlock is shipped to Scotland and reveals himself known as upon to wreck the curse striking over his alleged enemy, the attractive but haunted Frances Balfour.

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Colin smiled wryly, contemplating his prior dialog with MacJannet. “Do you discover it unbelievable guy could unexpectedly conceive of a violent ardour for a girl and need to be inner most together with her? ” he requested conversationally. Frances gave a small gasp, and back her gaze fluttered up after which speedy away. “I have heard of this, of course,” she admitted, somewhat breathless. “But we're discussing something even more functional, oui? ” “Are we? ” he requested. “I imagine if we have been being useful we might be conversing of Paracelsus or Ovid—or maybe of milking cows. ” A dimple seemed in her cheek and her shoulders comfortable. “That is especially English humor, monsieur. What could a girl recognize of these items? ” “That could rely solely upon the woman. now not all males like silly girls. ” She thought of this. “Do you think then that one of these factor is feasible? To be smitten with a keenness for a complete stranger? ” “I must,” he responded rapidly. “For it has occurred to me. ” “Vraiment,” Frances repeated. She didn't examine him back, yet her small arms clenched the material of her skirts. She sounded uncertain while she acknowledged: “Usually such issues ensue to untried youths whose minds are full of fanciful stories of the romantic. Or to the mad. ” “That is so,” he agreed. “But it sounds as if it could possibly additionally take place to males grown, who're now not regularly so fanciful. ” He possessed himself of her hand, fetching it from the beaten velvet. The digits have been very small, yet he reminded himself they had the energy to grip and swing a heavy membership. Frances became towards him, eyes large, cheeks lightly flushed. He watched her reddened lips half and questioned in the event that they might converse curses for his impudence, or a few type of acknowledgment of the opportunity of sharing whatever passionate, as she placed it. “Where is MacJannet going? ” she requested as an alternative, her voice slightly a whisper. Colin blinked at her phrases after which sighed, banishing romantic ideas, no less than for the instant. He knew the best way to wait and see. “He has long gone to convey a letter to the Bishop of Orkney,” he admitted. He famous that Frances additionally had wonderful brows, which have been, for the time being, drawn jointly in an expression of displeasure. She regarded scorn and anger upon him, no longer it all feigned. “We had now not comprehensive discussing the matter,” she scolded. “I am such a lot unsatisfied approximately this, monsieur. ” “There used to be not anything to discuss,” Colin acknowledged lightly. “I had to write to the bishop approximately my affairs and did so. i'm after all sorry that you're unsatisfied. ” Frances blinked on the masterful rebuff. “And while does MacJannet go back to Noltland? ” she requested, brows enjoyable a little. “That is tough to claim. ” “The bishop will take a while to answer your letter? ” “I may still imagine that he'll answer instantly. without doubt we'll obtain a message from him prior to the hot moon. ” “And MacJannet? ” she requested, demonstrating that she may be dogged while a topic her. “What shall he be doing whereas the bishop replies? ” “MacJannet? ” Colin spoke back rigorously. “He is going to find the place the rest of the Balfour males are billeted and to facilitate their instant go back.

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