Taming Charlotte (Quaid, Book 2)

By Linda Lael Miller

Abducted and constrained in a harem -- that's now not the situation Charlotte Quade estimated whilst she prayed for only one grand experience sooner than crusing domestic to Washington Territory from Europe. whereas exploring the traditional, unique island country of Riz, Charlotte foolishly misplaced her method. In a dizzying second, she was once snatched, certain up in a sack and unceremoniously dumped... extra » -- thoroughly bare! -- within the ship's cabin of the exact same guy who had stuck her fancy as a tender lady in Seattle: Captain Patrick Trevarran.

But Charlotte's dream lover grew to become out to be no gentleman! He had as soon as gallantly fetched her, as a mischievous teenager,from the riggings of his send, yet now he appraised her with exasperation and fast packed her off to the harem of a sultan pal. once they have been reunited -- as a lot by means of mercy as by way of destiny -- it used to be transparent that Patrick needed in basic terms to tease and trifle with this gorgeous, rebellious American. yet, via their experience, Charlotte had chanced on a provocative guy torn among recklessness and devotion, among typhoon and calm. Now, with all of the power and keenness she possessed, Charlotte may chart a path that will sweep them eventually to their future -- a wonderful and resounding love

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Is that the inn? ” she requested, pointing to a gracious white construction looming simply forward, on the finish of a road paved in brick. Patrick smiled. “There is not any inn in Costa del Cielo,” he responded. Charlotte couldn't conceal her unhappiness. “No resort? ” she echoed. “There are taverns with rooms for hire,” he informed her, his blue eyes glowing, “but i believe you’ll be happier staying with my acquaintances, Señor and Señora Querida. ” Querida. The identify stuck in Charlotte’s spirit like a fishhook in smooth flesh. She recalled the dependent handwriting at the perfumed envelopes she’d present in Patrick’s table. Pilar, she inspiration. In that second Charlotte used to be extra ashamed than ever of the red gown she wore. She yearned to invite approximately Pilar, yet she didn’t dare simply because she wasn’t able to admit that she’d visible the letters. “I wouldn’t are looking to impose,” she acknowledged, with the entire dignity she may summon. The sailors who had come ashore with them took their go away and headed towards the guts of city. Patrick smiled at Charlotte, giving her dress an amused overview. “You can’t remain at both of the taverns, even if i need to admit you’re dressed for it. ” ahead of that they had reached the tall iron gates of the Querida compound, a servant seemed, maintaining a lantern. a stunning younger girl in a sparkling white costume stood ready, the sunshine of the celebrities and the fuel streetlamps flickering in her darkish hair. Seeing Charlotte, the opposite lady narrowed her brown eyes for a second. within the subsequent speedy, despite the fact that, she grew to become all her cognizance on Patrick, uttering a joyous little cry and hurling herself into his palms. He set her clear of him with a touch stiff movement. “Hello, Pilar,” he acknowledged. the lady checked out Charlotte back, her eyes widening with disbelief while she observed the red gown. Charlotte was once contemplating the letters this pretty younger lady had written to Patrick, and all that may have handed among them. She held her breath, ready. “This is my spouse, Charlotte,” he stated. Pilar’s darkish eyes flashed. She muttered whatever in swift Spanish, grew to become on one gentle heel, and swept away into the collection darkness like a ghost. Patrick didn’t look in any respect ruffled via his mistress’s displeasure. He chatted with the servant in amicable Spanish whereas the guy led the way in which via a courtyard, previous a tall, whispering fountain, and during a collection of double doorways. The room past used to be a small suite, ruled by way of an incredible mattress with a blue velvet cover and a white eyelet unfold. there has been a marble fire at one finish of the chamber, with a wide reflect above the mantel. in the back of the glowing brass andirons at the fireplace stood a lush eco-friendly plant in a ceramic pot. Charlotte observed herself and Patrick—indeed, the entire of the room—reflected within the taking a look glass over the hearth. He stood at the back of her, this husband she enjoyed so desperately and knew so a bit, and laid light arms on her shoulders. “Look at you,” he scolded lightly. “You have shadows lower than your eyes. ” He all started unfastening the buttons behind her costume, and Charlotte shivered, in part from anticipation.

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