Cold-Hearted Rake (Cold-Hearted Rake, Book 1) by Lisa Kleypas

By Lisa Kleypas

A twist of fate...

Devon Ravenel, London's so much wickedly fascinating rake, has simply inherited an earldom. yet his robust new rank in society comes with undesirable obligations . . . and quite a lot of surprises. His property is saddled with debt, and the overdue earl's 3 blameless sisters are nonetheless occupying the home . . . besides Kathleen, girl Trenear, a stunning younger widow whose sharp wit and backbone are a fit for Devon's own.

A conflict of wills...

Kathleen understands higher than to belief a ruthless scoundrel like Devon. however the fiery charm among them is most unlikely to disclaim - and from the 1st second Devon holds her in his palms, he vows to do no matter what it takes to own her. As Kathleen unearths herself yielding to his skillfully erotic seduction, just one query remains:
Can she preserve from surrendering her center to the main harmful guy she's ever identified?

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Before the season opened we scouted some public land in the southwestern part of the state, not far from the Centennial Peaks that mark the Idaho border. It was broad, rolling, high sage country nestled among rugged hillsides. One area, a bowl-shaped valley tucked between a steeply rising slope on the north and a wide saddle to the south, looked especially promising. Several times we sighted there what appeared to be a resident herd of about two dozen pronghorns, including at least three bucks.

8 As if sensing that explanation to be a bit too lame, others observed that hunting and gathering are activities that simply cannot be carried out in the same area simultaneously. Gatherers rummaging about for roots and Page 26 berries would disrupt the hunters' stalking and spook the game animals. This naturally led hunters to wander farther afield. Since only men could afford to wander far from home, logically men became hunters and women became gatherers. 9 Some proponents of the hunting hypothesis also discerned psychological reasons why meninnately active and curiouswere better suited to hunting than women, who were by nature more passive and reflective.

The safety was still on. The buck ambled over the ridge and out of sight. I sat down on the ground and cried out of sheer frustration. I should perhaps point out that the safety on a Browning rifle is easy to operate and virtually foolproof. I could not blame the gun, or even my novice's reflexes, for my failure to shoot. I had the hunting equivalent of writer's block. The spirit and the flesh were both willing, but something held me back. "Maybe I should just go home and forget it, maybe I'm really not up to this," I whimpered.

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