At the mercy of the darkness that terrifies her, Pru is alone except for 40,000 dead bodies when she starts screaming with no hope as the black starts to consume her. Suddenly warm strong arms embrace her and she is sheltered from the horror all around. She sleeps until the arms leave her once again alone in the dark and her screaming starts again. Luckily the dawn is coming and she has not lost her mind entirely before the first burst of light softens the dark. Then the horrors must leave as the day chases them away.
The orchestra played the waltz and Pru looked at her dance card for her partner. Oh, she had not forgotten who it was, but she wanted to appear that she had. It was the big handsome Scotsman that was a Duke, Fearghass MacDonald the Duke of Somerled. He was crossing the dance floor headed for her side as she glanced around to find him. How powerful his shoulders looked and he moved like a big cat . . .
His eyes had twinkled at her when he asked for the first waltz. He caressed her hand with such a delicate kiss, shivers raced down her spine. Then he turned to her palm and brushed the inside with his tongue. This sent larger chills down Pru’s back just thinking about it. How was she to manage the dance with this sophisticated and elegant man? Pru was trembling all over with anticipation.
From the corner of the woods he saw her. She was like an angel floating around in the carnage of hell . . .
Suddenly, all he wanted was to comfort her, to take her into his arms and never let her go. He started toward her and then halted, shaking his head to clear it. He could not do that. He was the enemy, the dreaded Frenchman and he had to stay hidden . . .
He wanted her as he had never wanted anything before in his life. Like a starving ravenous animal, his eyes alight with a hunger he had never known before, he followed her and held his breath. . .
Could battles cause a kind of lust? This was different. It was insane. He held himself back behind a tree and hungered for her.
Dughlas MacDonald was the brother of the Duke and he would avenge his brother but most of all he must find a way to have Pru. She was his angel now and he would let nothing stand in his way. As soon as he could, he would find a way to bind her to him.