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The Duke and Miss Amabel Hawkins
Can an arrogant duke overcome his prejudice against a
beautiful but managing female in time to find true love and happiness?
The Duke arrives home to find his estate under the firm
control of a beautiful but managing female. His suspicions are fueled by
his recent task of spy-hunting and he wonders if Amabel Hawkins is just
who she seems. While a dastardly spy lurks, a wicked man poses as her
cousin threatening to take over the guardianship of her young brother.
Amabel might be falling in love, but she knows for certain the duke
would never approve of a meddlesome woman, and she decides to flee his
estate. Will the duke finally realize the true value of the woman he
loves or will his prejudice ruin his chances forever?
Fatigue and the effects of the brandy on top of the ale now
gave his gait a distinct wobble. He chuckled, amused at his condition.
As he reached for the portrait of great Uncle Barney, he lurched into
the back of the red leather sofa in front of the cosy fire. “Deuce take
it,” he exclaimed when a rounded arm rolled into view. He spotted the
gentle curve of a hip and walked around to the front, where he spied a
tumbled haze of dark curls hiding a face. It is indeed a female—a
Who was she? The gown was too rich for his household staff. Curious, he knelt beside the sofa.
“Only one way to find out,” he whispered and moved one dark curl. He sat
back, satisfied when a handsome face swam into view. She sighed and
rolled over, revealing a generous figure and a pair of rosy lips. She
might be Sleeping Beauty—but not one of my relatives. He leaned over and
kissed those tempting lips.
As he lingered there, she sighed and came partially awake. He could not
resist. He deepened the kiss and sounds of satisfaction like yum and umm
came from those delicious lips. Her hand stroked his face, then reached
around his head to pull him closer. Delighted with this turn of events,
the Duke of Westerton complied enthusiastically and extended an arm
around a slender waist. How much of the ale and brandy had he imbibed?
Dizziness overcame his senses as he slid down on the floor and knew no
THE DUKE AND MISS AMABEL HAWKINS will released October 11 @ MUSA PUBLISHING, Amazon and other popular download sites.
Emma Lane lives in Western New York on the outskirts of a small village
with her patient husband. In her day job she is a plant and nature
aficionado and part owner of an Herbtique and Plant Nursery.
She writes Cozy mysteries as Janis Lane @SOUL MATE PUBLISHING and
Adventure Romance Stories @ DESERT BREEZE PUBLISHING. She would love to
hear from her readers and welcomes visits @ www.emmajlane.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org