By Amanda Quick
Charlotte Arkendale knew all there has been to understand approximately males. in any case, she'd made a occupation out of steerage marriage-minded ladies clear of untrustworthy contributors of the other sex.Yet not anything may have ready her for Baxter St. Ives - an arresting stranger too bold, too made up our minds, too harmful to be her new man-of-affairs. nonetheless, possibly he used to be definitely the right individual to assist Charlotte examine the new homicide of 1 of her consumers. So she gave him an opportunity, by no means realising that Baxter, a talented scientist, may quickly behavior a dicy exploration into the alchemy of hope, with Charlotte as his topic. yet at the same time he units out to seduce Charlotte, a twisted killer lies in wait, able to half the lovers... or see them joined jointly perpetually - in demise.
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Then she replaced her stockings, fastened the garters, slipped on her kid boots, and stood, turning. Bragg smiled. ” Miranda stood as still as a cornered hare, her heart going wild. ” she managed stiffly, her face flaming. Bragg shifted the rifle in his hand and shrugged, but a wide grin lit up his face. “You have very pretty legs,” he said easily. “But—” Miranda took three strides over and slapped him as hard as she could across the face. ” she cried. “You have done nothing but insult me and treat me like some cheap harlot since we’ve met!
Why hadn’t her fiancé come? What kind of a man was he that he would promise to come and then not appear? “It seems that John Barrington has suffered a bad accident and could not come. The man who has come for us carried a note for you, and for me. ” Elizabeth handed her an envelope. Miranda’s hands were trembling as she read it. It was brief, but expressive. My dearest Miranda, Please forgive me, but I have met with an untimely accident, and am temporarily bedridden. My very close friend, Derek Bragg, will escort you to my ranch.
Miranda gasped. “But I must go to confession,” she cried, angry and dismayed. He scowled. “You have nothing to confess, princess,” he said. “And there’s no mission in Natchitoches. ” He clucked to his horse and rode ahead. Miranda felt tears come to her eyes. ” Bragg wheeled his horse again, having heard her anguished comment, and he stared at her. But she was brushing a tear from her cheek while her aunt took her hand in a gesture of comfort. “Don’t be angry with me, Aunt Elizabeth,” Miranda cried brokenly.