A Glimpse Of Heaven by Barbara Dawson Smith

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Oh, my poor darling," Catherine said. Burke tried not to swagger as he met her halfway. He fought to keep the pride of the conquering hero off his face. But she didn't even look at him. She snatched up the kitten and cuddled it to her bosom. The creature had the audacity to settle down and purr. Of course, Burke thought darkly, he'd do the same were he snuggled to those delicious breasts. Curse it. Now he was envying a damned cat. "Thee were like a pirate climbing the mainmast," said the stable lad, his brown eyes big with awe.

She frowned upward distractedly. "Poor kitty. " The look of loving concern on Catherine's face caused a peculiar tightness inside Burke's chest. He felt frustrated by her neglect of him. He wanted to seize the center of her attention. He wanted kiss her again. And more. Curse it. He wanted to become her obsession. He scooped up the yapping dog, strode through the swarm of servants, and deposited the wriggling animal in Mr. Rudd's arms. The steward yelped and jumped backward. "Don't drop her," Burke ordered.

Run and fetch a ladder," Catherine told the freckle faced stable lad. " "But such is not my job," Owen protested, his handsome nose stuck in the air. " One of her dark eyebrows shot upward. Though he towered over her, she gave him a glower that would have done a duchess proud. " He bowed, then rushed off to the stables. Burke walked toward Catherine, and the servants gave way, opening a path for him. Shading her eyes with the flat of her hand, she peered up into the branches of the tree again.

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