Marblestone Mansion (Scandalous Duchess Series) Book 1 (Chapter 4, page 1 of 20)


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Most of the residents of Marblestone Mansion gave up waiting for the master of the house and his butlers to come home, and went to bed. Keith sat in the parlor and tried not to close his eyes, but the hour got later and later, until at last, he succumbed to the need for sleep. When the front door loudly slammed, a startled Keith jumped up and hurried into the foyer. "Sssh," Keith tried, but he was greeted by two silly grins and the strong smell of whiskey.

McKenna had not yet gone to bed, and still sat in the upstairs sitting room worried that her brother was enraged enough to seriously hurt someone. He did not always know his own strength and had nearly killed a man in Scotland, although the man deserved what he got. Still, this was America, not Scotland, where the word of a duke was never in question. When the door slammed, she was relived and headed for the stairs. A few seconds later, she too was looking at his silly grin and unfocused eyes.

"Hannish MacGreagor, you are drunk," McKenna said, walking into the foyer. Been in a fight too, I see. Are you not a little old to be brawlin'?" With Keith trying to hold him up on one side, she slipped Hannish's arm over her shoulders on the other, and tried to help steady his wobbling knees.

"But sisser," he slurred, "'Twas…the best fright I've…had. Alistair took free…" He tried to hold up three fingers, but couldn't quite tell how many there were.

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