A cynical earl and a rose smuggler are an unlikely pair. Particularly when the smuggler is a woman the earl owes for saving his feckless brother’s life.
Nonetheless, Michael, the earl of Ramsgate, is determined to repay his family’s debt by presenting Margaret at Court—an action calculated to repair even the worst reputation. But Margaret is suspicious that Michael’s intentions aren’t entirely honorable, despite the certainty in her heart that she can trust him. The trouble is, Michael isn’t too sure himself when his feelings for her threaten to overcome his self-control.
Then, as the tension between them flares, an old enemy bent on revenge returns to challenge Michael’s iron determination to prove he is capable of both love and honor.
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Michael Peyton, the Earl of Ramsgate, tries to convince Margaret to go for a walk, against her better judgment.
Once more, as she took a step toward the door, the earl thwarted her departure. He gripped her wrist and held it, apparently oblivious to her flinching. A flutter of panic thrashed in her chest. The earl did not immediately release her when she gazed up at him, but instead waited calmly for her to cease tugging.
His deceptively sleepy eyes remained fixed on her face. “Wait, won’t you join us? There is plenty,” he asked.
“No. I must see to other matters.” She felt a flush shimmer up the hollow of her throat.
The earl’s gaze never wavered, and Margaret realized suddenly that he still had hold of her wrist. Although her chest was tight, she straightened. However, he was not threatening her, and his blue eyes were as mild as a summer morning.
The light press of his thumb was curiously soothing when she stopped pulling, so she stood still and waited while her tension subsided. A second later, he released her. Oddly enough, she felt warm and in some strange way, calmer. She glanced back into his eyes and then looked away, mistrusting the satisfied look in their depths.
“You will walk with me?” he asked.
Sighing, she shook her head but couldn’t prevent a smile. “Are all the Peytons as stubborn as you? I’ll try to make time for a brief walk, but I promise nothing.”
The thought flashed through her mind that there were many ways for a rake to seduce a woman, and not all of them were as violent as Bridgewater’s methods. The earl was part of the same set as the baron. He was a member of the Fancy and it would not do for her to forget it.
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