A Bird in Hand by Allison Lane

By Allison Lane

A bold younger lord, seeing a tender lady floundering in an icy river, instantly dives to her rescue. yet in saving her existence, he virtually loses his personal! whilst he involves, he unearths himself by myself with the mysterious woman in a small kingdom cottage. And although he had effectively shunned the marriage-minded maidens of the "ton" for years, he felt honor-bound to suggest to his attractive benefactor. in the end, they'd spent the evening by myself, and the scandal will be insufferable. however the lady vehemently refuses, and disappears. however the younger lord reveals himself no longer so prepared to permit cross of her, and the chase is on.

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Such gentlemen were often ignorant and easily led. If he lived. The boy had roughly set his own arm. Blood covered his right hand. He was soaked to the skin. Several tears in his jacket showed where detritus had caught him. Crusting around the wounds proved that he had been there for some time. Stars glittered in the clearing sky, making the night feel colder than ever. Fosdale's face was grim as he led the procession into the house. Mrs. Hughes could clean Symington and bandage his injuries, but she was far from skilled in a sickroom.

Raven's Rook was hardly an inn, though the tumble-down building probably held two or three rooms for let. Mostly it served as the local ale house. His nose twitched at the rancid smell that even a smoky fire could not cover. But he should not complain. His appearance matched the decor. Despite his best efforts, mud streaked his clothing. He had no cloak or hat, and he lacked identification beyond the money in his purse. He sighed. It was just as well. Playing the arrogant aristocrat would gain him nothing.

He must have found some luggage, for he had changed into a loose-fitting blue jacket, rose-striped marcella waistcoat, and pale gray pantaloons, though he still wore the muddy boots she had removed last night. He had cleaned up surprisingly well, and quite appealingly. Every attractive man she had previously met had also been imposing. How did he avoid it? But this was no time to consider conundrums, for his appearance below stairs confirmed her suspicions. Cursing gentlemen's inconvenient devotion to honor, she glared.

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