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I’m just more tired than I realized. ” Megan squeezed Kate’s shoulder and returned to her chair. ” To appease her sister, Kate ate another bite of lasagna and most of her salad before standing up. ” She came around the table and kissed Meggie’s soft cheek. She felt closer to her sister now that their mother was gone. “Don’t worry, Meg. I’m not going into a deep depression or anything over this. Sleep well. ” Tears misted in the younger woman’s eyes. indd 18 6/13/11 2:50 PM Catriona 19 indulged in displays of affection.

She felt him looking at her. “I see. You decided to take a mere fifty-kilometer jaunt into the country to see the favorite castle of a man whose work doesn’t inspire you. ” He was not only an expert driver, he was quick and completely without that British reserve Bill Brockman had warned her about. ” she asked, turning her eyes away from the window to rest on his profile. “Most definitely. Hermitage is one of the oldest and most controversial castles in all of Scotland. ” “It changed hands. ” Patrick MacKendrick.

The walls seemed closer now, and with every agonizing minute, closer still. She closed her eyes, praying for deliverance, for her mother, for a servant brave enough to withstand NevÂ�ille’s wrath. None came, save William. He came as her savior, murmuring words of comfort, stroking her hair, his mouth and hands lingering on her breasts, tasting her skin, pushing aside the bedclothes, moving over her, his breath heavy and shallow, parting her legs, claiming possession, until he spent himself. When it was over, he would rise, unable to look at her, pulling on his clothing as he departed, leaving the door unlocked.

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