By Karen Hawkins

In this hot romantic experience, a bold Highland lass performs a high-stakes video game to maintain the house she loves...but finally ends up wasting her middle instead.

whilst her father gambles away the relations property to darkly harmful Lord Dougal MacLean, Sophia MacFarlane is decided to exploit her wiles to regain it. compelled to stake the only factor she has left -- her advantage -- she desperately hopes her ability can restrict her losses to some kisses...no topic how hotly tempting Dougal seems to be.

Dougal MacLean understands that Sophia has a few trick up her sleeve, yet he cannot face up to the problem -- or her ravishing good looks. So whilst she proposes a card video game with most unique stakes, Dougal is extremely joyful to just accept. yet because the video game ends, Dougal and Sophia become aware of they have wagered whatever much more important -- their hearts.

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Oh, may she supply him a journey! She couldn’t wait. Dougal picked up the carving knife and pointed on the roast. “Do you wish burned or uncooked? ” “I’ll have the blistered element, thanks. ” “Excellent selection. The turnips will supplement them completely. ” He winked at her and stuffed their plates with such amused spirits that Sophia came across herself looking at him via her lashes. What was once mistaken with this guy? without doubt he wasn’t used to such horrid foodstuff? but to monitor him devour with such enthusiasm, you’d imagine he was once ravenous. probably that used to be it. He’d acknowledged he used to be hungry after his trip, then there were the hold up after Red’s twist of fate. No ask yourself the fellow used to be in a position to consume the horrid meal! Dinner improved, with Dougal asking questions about the home and lands. Sophia saved her solutions as disparaging as attainable, blending in precisely sufficient real evidence to make her reviews look honest. eventually, Dougal positioned his fork on his plate. “Are you accomplished? You haven’t taken a chew. ” “I had a few bread and butter previous, while Mary introduced a tray for Red,” Sophia lied. “I worry it rather spoiled my urge for food. yet you haven’t eaten a lot, both. ” “I ate lots soup, it stuffed me up. ” Dougal stood and moved to her facet of the desk. “Allow me,” he acknowledged, assisting her slide again her chair. As she stood, his palms brushed opposed to her shoulders, and her pores and skin tingled. She glanced at him, considering if he felt a similar, and located him status shut. a lot too shut. He bent, his lips by way of her ear. “My expensive Sophia, I notice you need to spend it slow together with your father, yet am i able to appeal to you to have a pitcher of sherry with me ahead of you retire? ” He traced a finger down her cheek. “It might make the horror of the library nearly bearable. ” it'll additionally provide an opportunity to check his obstacles and realize his emotions a couple of online game of probability. maintain your eyes at the prize, Sophia. She smiled up at Dougal. “A little bit of sherry will be simply the object. i will be able to think not anything extra friendly. ” His lips have been yet a number of inches from hers. She stumbled on herself taking a look at once into his eyes, darkish eco-friendly with faint swirls of grey, his lashes shadowing them mysteriously. Sophia’s breath stuck in her throat. She needed to struggle the urge to lean ahead, ever so a bit, and press her lips to his tough, carved ones. Her chest tightened. All she needed to do used to be— The door banged open, and Sophia jumped as Mary swept in, Angus not easy on her heels. He gave Sophia an apologetic gesture. “Mary suggestion ye could be entire with dinner. ” “Mary is right. Lord MacLean and that i may have a few sherry within the library. ” She appeared meaningfully at Angus. “I belief the fireside has been ready? ” Angus beamed. “Aye, it may simply be catching proper-like now. convinced, certainly. ” He gave her a vast wink. She nearly winced at his seen trace, glancing again to discover Dougal relating to her with an urbane smile, not anything in his expression displaying that he had understood Angus. Relieved, she allowed him to escort her to the library. Her hands rested on his arm, and she or he was once surprised on the muscle mass she felt in the course of the high quality textile of his coat.

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