A Man of Many Talents by Deborah Simmons

By Deborah Simmons

Christian Reade, inheritor to the earldom of Westhaven, is uninterested in ghosts. It's his personal fault for debunking a haunted apartment in Belles Corners because the paintings of 2 foolish pranksters. Now the sensible "ghost-hunter"--inundated with experiences of apparitions--is attempting to escape from all of it with a long-overdue stick with his grandfather. regrettably, Christian's popularity has him. yet this time, the request for his providers is impossible to resist ... because it comes from the enigmatic omit Parkinson of Sibel Hall.

She claims phantom is disrupting her plans to promote her gloomy domestic. yet upon Christian's arrival, he's met with all-too-human antagonism from the citizens, from the servants, and-especially surprising-from leave out Parkinson besides. What dire crisis is actually unfolding at Sibel corridor after the solar is going down? The exciting puzzle--and the fetching attractiveness who desires it solved--have sparked greater than interest in Christian. yet first he needs to resolve the secret of the seductive pass over Parkinson herself...

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Whether he was angry at the soldiers or at her, she didn’t know. ” “I didn’t want to kiss any of the others,” she admitted. “I thought you wouldn’t mind. ” She turned her gaze away, not wanting to hear any reasons why he hadn’t wanted her kiss. Gunnar shifted his weight against the wall, and she heard him expel a sigh. “Auder, I don’t know. ” She hugged her knees tighter, cutting off his excuses. “Gunnar, you don’t need to explain why I don’t interest you as a woman. I know it already, and it doesn’t bother me.

I’m going to build a fire,” he told her. He removed his cloak and spread it on the ground. Auder helped him gather branches and within another half hour, he had a warm fire licking at the wood. Against the flames, his silhouette reminded her of a conqueror, bold and demanding. She understood that the time for changing her mind was long past. This was a man who intended to claim her, and a surge of desire held her unable to grasp the threads of reason. Gunnar knelt before her, guiding her to sit with him.

The light at the edge of the souterrain was shielded by the underbrush. The sound of voices outside caught his attention, and Gunnar’s hand went to the battleaxe at his waist. Without warning, the branches moved, and men charged inside the souterrain. ” he roared, as he unsheathed the axe and swung hard. They were going to kill him. She was sure of it. Auder didn’t know what power moved through her, but instead of obeying Gunnar, she ran for one of the torches near the ladder that led above to the cashel.

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