***Previously published in Evading the Duke (When the Duke Comes to Town Book 1)
Colin MacBride, Earl of Blackwood, is well aware that only a fool would answer the Duke of Danby's summons. But with many mouths to feed, poor fields, and a failing flock that might not survive winter, he sets aside a decades' old feud with his neighbor and calls on him to make a proposition. If Blackwood sheep are allowed to winter on the duke's land, Colin will share the profits when they are sheared in the spring. Naturally, the duke has a better idea, and it involves a lovely young lady who is dear to his heart. Colin can make use of the duke's land if he agrees to hire Meredith Halliday to be his nieces' governess and convince her to quit before the man the duke has chosen for her to marry arrives in Yorkshire. Oh, and if Colin would flirt with her a bit to build her confidence, that would be splendid, indeed. Appalled to be labeled a Lothario for hire, Colin storms from the duke's study and straight into the old curmudgeon's trap—and she is every bit as beautiful and charming as promised.