Cassie and Kade. What do you get when you mix a spoiled and sassy miss from Dallas with a stern and oh so sexy Scotsman? Sparks, that’s what! From the moment of their first meeting, Cassie realizes that she has not only met her match, she has found a man who doesn’t disappear in her daddy’s shadow. As their relationship blossomed, Kade proved time and time again that he was more than capable of dealing with her attitude and tantrums. Now they’re engaged and looking forward to a bright future.
Then comes the call that shatters their plans, and they learn the truth of the adage, Man plans and God laughs. A tragic accident has killed both Kade’s uncle, the Earl of Berwick, and his only son, the viscount. Kade is now the new earl and must return immediately to Inverness and accept his responsibilities. As his fiancée, Cassie comes along, but after the funerals, when reality hits, she’s not at all sure this new life is what she wants.
The weather is cold and damp, the estate buildings are in poor condition and, worst of all, if she marries Kade now, she’ll become a countess, something she’s dead set against. Her heart is torn between her love for Kade and her desire to remain in Texas, where she can be simply Cassie from Dallas. Leaving her ring behind, she returns home to think.
How can she possibly choose between the man she loves dearly – a man who is now an earl in Scotland – and the life she’s always wanted back in Texas? And will Kade be content to simply wait, or will his all-consuming love for his little lass have him doing some thinking of his own?
Publisher’s Note: This book contains elements of power exchange and old-fashioned discipline. If these offend you, please do not purchase.
“You son of a bitch! You get your filthy hands off her!” Kade pulled Matt off and threw him against the wall, knocking the wind out of him, but Matt quickly regained his balance and snarled as he lunged at his brother. Kade swung hard at him with his fist, and this time Matt went down.
Cassie watched in horror. First Matt had tried to force himself on her, and now the brothers were fighting. She was overjoyed that Kade had rescued her, but the look on his face was downright scary, and she didn’t want him to hurt his brother.
“Don’t hurt him, Kade!”
He looked at her in disbelief. “Are you protecting him?”
“No. Just don’t fight.”
His face softened as he came and squatted in front of her. “Are you all right? Did he hurt you?” He saw the tears in her eyes, and his face hardened again. “He won’t do this again, I promise you.”
Kade turned back to watch Matt, who was getting up off the floor, blood running from his nose and a look of pure hatred on his face. “You stay completely away from Cassie,” Kade warned him angrily, “and that’s an order, not a request.”
“You’re going to regret this, you bloody bastard,” Matt spat back as he walked away. “You don’t get to have everything.”