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By Cathy Maxwell

What do you do with 3 dukes‚ a puppy named Duke‚ and a satan? you place them into an anthology! We?ve mixed 5 of today?s bestselling and renowned authors into one quantity to bring romance like you?ve by no means skilled earlier than.

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The old man‘s voice, in addition to being laced with a strong New England accent, was distinctly annoyed. ‖ Sam stepped back, ending the embrace but sliding one hand down Gray‘s arm to catch her hand in his. ―Me! ‖ Sam chuckled. ―Yes I do. ‖ One gnarled hand clutched the glasses at his chest and put them to his face. ―Who‘s that with you? I don‘t know this person. ‖ Sam looked down at Gray, and she could see the light of amusement glittering in his eyes. ―This is Gray…uh…‖ Embarrassment flooded her.

The evening‘s chill had penetrated her sweatshirt. Sam shrugged, pushing his hands into his pockets. ―Well, I live right across the street from him, but I wouldn‘t say I know him well. He‘s got pretty much a hand in everything around town, too, from the school board to the town council, so it‘s hard not to have some dealings with him if you live here. ‖ ―I only know of him. Rachel said something about him being…‖ She hesitated, realizing Sam might consider him a friend. ―She, uh, she just said he might be…‖ Her wine-addled brain couldn‘t come up with an alternative to the truth.

She felt his hot palms on her flesh and moaned with relief. She had to have him, she could not— would not—stop herself. At first she thought he had moaned in return, and registered it as vaguely odd that she‘d seemed to feel it in the floor. But when an inhuman wail vibrated up the walls, she froze. Sam did, too. They both looked over at the turntable. It had turned itself off. ‖ Sam‘s voice was almost as low a rumble as the furnace. ‖ You ain’t heard it yet, I gather. Fainter now, but still audible was a weary woo-ooo-ooo, a sound for all the world like something a cartoon ghost would make at a Halloween party.

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