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A Wicked Proposition

By Karolyn Cairns

Smashwords Edition

Copyright by Karolyn Cairns 2012

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Acknowledgements

I would like to thank the staff at Smashwords for their tireless efforts to promote authors. I would also like to thank my family for their continued support and encouragement for my pursuits in writing.

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This book is dedicated to my mother Sharon, an avid reader and my biggest fan.

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PROLOGUE

Ireland 1799

“Do ye love me, Lilly?” Brian rolled atop the beautiful blonde woman amid the hay pile. He smiled down at her adoringly. Dark blue eyes stared up at him in sudden annoyance. Brian O’Neil was ruggedly handsome. His hard muscled body pressed her down in the hay. Lilly was encouraged to linger with him longer. Reality intruded, however, and made her decision to return to the hall.

Reality came in the form of a stepmother. The lady prowled the manor in search of her errant stepdaughter. Lilly looked forward to another rousing argument with her father’s wife. It was the highlight of her day, annoying her stepmother.

Lilly saw the vicar’s tearful wife leaving earlier. It was right after the day’s services. Knowing the exact cause of Mrs. Donnelly’s woes, Lilly snuck to the stable. She sought out Brian to delay the wrath that was sure to follow Mrs. Donnely’s telling on her.

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