By Karen Ranney

Beatrice can deal with a afflicted younger duke -- however the boy's dangerously attractive cousin Devlen is one other topic totally . . .

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The responsibility of being the only adult in the child’s family who could tolerate him was heavy in­ deed. But there was something about Robert, as irritat­ ing as he could sometimes be, that summoned forth Devlen’s compassion. Perhaps it was because Robert had suddenly been made an orphan. One moment he was the cherished son of a man older than his father and 52 KAREN RANNEY the next he was told his mummy and daddy had been killed in a carriage accident. The intervening months had not been easy ones.

It would be less confusing, sir, if I knew your name. You are not the Duke of Brechin. ” She was reasonably certain she was still at Castle Crannoch. It was hardly polite to criticize the Duke of Brechin, especially since she was partaking of his hos­ pitality, however accidentally. “My nephew has a great deal to learn, unfortu­ nately,” the man said at her silence. “One of those les­ sons is how to treat guests. ” The man floated toward her. The movement was so disorienting it took her a moment to realize her visitor was in a movable chair.

Burdens shared do not necessar­ ily become burdens lightened. ” She looked at him, surprised. “Gaston relayed as much to me. Robert has a pen­ chant for speaking in nothing but French from time to time, as if to incessantly remind me his mother was French. Neither my wife nor I speak it. ” Why was she disappointed? She’d been in Devlen Gordon’s company for less than an hour, not enough time to acquire any feelings about the man at all. ” She looked at the tray, at the piece of toast remaining in her hand, and thought of the long trek down the winding road, then five miles more to her cottage.

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