Katherine Vareck is in for the shock of her life when she learns upon her husband Meri’s accidental death that he had married two other women. Her entire business, along with a once-in-a-lifetime chance to be a royal supplier, is everything she’s been working for and now could be destroyed if word leaks about the three wives.
Meri’s far more upstanding brother, Christian, Duke of Randford has no earthly clue how to be of assistance. He spent the better part of his adult years avoiding Meri and the rest of his good-for-nothing family, so to be dragged back into the fold is…problematic. Even more so is the intrepid and beautiful Katherine, whom he cannot be falling for because she’s Meri’s widow. Or can he?
With a textile business to run and a strong friendship forming with Meri’s two other wives, Katherine doesn’t have time for much else. But there’s something about the warm, but compellingly taciturn Christian that draws her to him. When an opportunity to partner in a business venture brings them even closer, they’ll have to face their pasts if they want to share each other’s hearts and futures.
Like her, Christian felt every nerve on edge. It wasn’t akin to the awareness he always experienced when a battle loomed before him, but something more primitive—more primeval. It was more like a surge of desire.
He shook his head slightly at such a reaction. Perhaps he and Katherine were a little out of practice at attending social events. It was certainly true on his part. He leaned toward her. “Are you nervous?” he whispered.
“Me too.” He glanced at Benjamin, but the effort offered little help. The man was completely besotted by his own wife and looked as if he were about to throw her over his shoulder and cart her upstairs for a long bout of lovemaking.
Katherine dipped a slight but perfect curtsey before him. “Your Grace, I’m delighted to see you here.”
“Lady Meriwether,” he answered. “The same for me.” He took her hand and bowed. “You look lovely this evening,” he said softly, then cleared his throat.
Completely unaware of Christian’s disquiet, Benjamin and Helen were in a discussion over the seating arrangements for dinner. But Katherine tilted her head and regarded him. The woman was too discerning for his tastes, but Christian held her gaze.
“Are you not observing the formal dressing constraints of a widow’s mourning?” he asked innocently.
Her eyes widened before she laughed softly. The sweet sound did nothing to calm his senses. If anything, it whipped his discomfort into the stratosphere. The woman before him was Meriwether’s wife. He shouldn’t be attracted to her.
“Your Grace.” She leaned forward slightly, the movement giving him an excellent view of her bodice. She arched that infuriating perfect eyebrow in challenge. “How you honor your brother is an inspiration to us all.” Then as if she knew his inner turmoil, she smiled.
Christian leaned forward, matching her movement until there was barely six inches between them. “An excellent play, my lady.” He delivered a charming smile. Keeping his voice low, he continued, “I’ll accept my due, my just desserts, for such a question.”
The enchanting minx teased him with no hesitation. It felt wonderful. Perhaps she had an answer for him about his proposal. He prayed that it was a yes. Otherwise, he didn’t know where to turn for help.
But they shouldn’t talk business tonight. Not with this crowd of distinguished gentlemen. He should spend his time getting to know his fellow peers better, so he could garner their support for his new endeavor.
That meant he should treat Katherine as he’d treat any other lady of quality.
He’d ignore her all night.
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About the Author
Janna MacGregor was born and raised in the bootheel of Missouri. She credits her darling mom for introducing her to the happily-ever-after world of romance novels. Janna writes stories where compelling and powerful heroines meet and fall in love with their equally matched heroes. She is the mother of triplets and lives in Kansas City with her very own dashing rogue, and two smug, but not surprisingly, perfect pugs.
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