A Scottish Duke with a dark reputation, a Lady seeking a respectable suitor, a Christmas house party, a secret kiss, an unexpected death, the suspicion of murder, a rescue, a love beyond all expectation. ***** FREE ON KINDLE UNLIMITED ***** Lady Eleanor Willoughby comes to her sister’s Christmas House Party hoping to meet a man worth contemplating as a husband, after a less than inspiring Season. But almost the first man she meets is everything she doesn’t want…Adair Craigie, Duke of Braeness, has never been well accepted in society. His sheer size is enough to intimidate most women, and the wild black hair lends him a ferocious appearance. Gossip and rumour follows him, no matter what he does, and he doubts he will ever fit in, or find a wife who does not fear him. But when an enchanting young lady literally falls into his grasp… he catches her, as a gentleman should.Circumstances lead to a clandestine kiss in the stables, and the future seems full of hope – until a death brings suspicion and fear to the house party.Can the Duke and Lady Eleanor prevent false accusations of murder, without ruining her reputation? Will they be forced to marry, whether they wish it or not? And hanging over the Christmas festivities like a pall, there remains the key question – is there a murderer amongst them?