The Kidnapped Bride
by Heather Hiestand~~~~~~~~~~~~~BLURB:Pursuing this elusive heiress will be the ultimate temptation…Lady Elizabeth Shield is used to saving herself from trouble. And even if dashing private inquiry agent Dougal Alexander just rescued her from white slavers, she’s definitely not returning to her stifling aristocratic life and unsuitable suitors. Not when there are other women in danger—and a secret promise to keep in Edinburgh. But outwitting Dougal’s tactics to return her to London and her family will be easier than staying away from his intoxicating kisses…He’s a baron’s second son accustomed to making his own way and uncovering the truth. Now Dougal must keep Lady Elizabeth close for her own protection, but her spirited wiles are proving scandalously irresistible. His most difficult case yet will be showing her that he’s everything she truly desires—and that love is the greatest of adventures…“Before I realized it, the unusually strong and well-developed characters of The Kidnapped Bride had sneaked up on me and captured my full attention. This is one of the best shorter books I have ever read.” --Delle Jacobs, author of Lady Wicked
Excerpt“Ye are going to do as you are told,” Dougal said. “You have lived one misadventure after another since running away, and that is at an end. I’m taking you back tae your brothers so they can decide what to do with you.”“My life is none of your business.”He took her upper arm. “I’ve been paid very well to make it my business, Lady Elizabeth. And home is where you’re going.”She attempted to wrench her arm away, but his grip was too strong. “Let go of me, you beast.”He gripped her tighter in response. “My lady hoyden, you will obey. There is no other alternative.”She swayed in closer to him, unable to resist his grip, then fixed her gaze on him. Something in his eyes softened. Just as he must have thought she’d given into him, she stomped on his foot, hard.“Ow,” she cried, as the pain from stomping on hard leather reverberated up her unprotected foot.He glanced down. “It’s no use attempting tae hurt a man wearing shoes when you haven’t any yourself.”She was still too much of a lady to swear, but she opened her mouth to give him the tongue-lashing he deserved.Instead of letting her speak, he grinned at her, then kissed her full on the mouth.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:Heather Hiestand was born in Illinois, but her family migrated west before she started school. Since then she has claimed Washington State as home, except for a few years in California. She wrote her first story at age seven and went on to major in creative writing at the University of Washington. Her first published fiction was a mystery short story, but since then it has been all about the many flavors of romance. Heather’s first published romance short story was set in the Victorian period, and she continues to return, fascinated by the rapid changes of the nineteenth century. The author of many novels, novellas, and short stories, she has achieved best-seller status at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. With her husband and son, she makes her home in a small town and supposedly works out of her tiny office, though she mostly writes in her easy chair in the living room.
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