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The Duke's Unusual Proposal

The Duke's Unusual Proposal

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j1mshort By j1mshort Completed

Stockton Ranch, Texas, 1891
Business woman Regina Stockton-Davenport is visited by an old friend, David Moreland, along with two other men introduced to her as Simon Trent, the Duke of Sutherworth and Jordan Cavanaugh,the Earl of Ravensly. 
Regina and the duke take an instant dislike to each other.
The three have come to inform Reggie that a man employed by her English company, Davenport Limited, whom she though had died an accidental death was in fact murdered. The young man was the duke's cousin and his reason for being here. Reggie wonders why she'd been told a lie.
The duke's proposal is marriage to him so he can claim the company as his own to investigate the murder of his cousin. Later he informs here they would be divorded. Simon thinks the dirty and dusty trouser clad Regina Stockton-Davenport is anything but a lady and cannot see how she could be transformed into a duchess.
Reggie thinks the duke is a pompous ass and declines his marriage proposal after an attempt on her life. Reggie is not sure if the attempt is because of some recent cattle rustling on the ranch or the visitors from England. 
Reggie packs up her younger sister Annabel and her Aunt Sophia to leave for England to learn the truth about the young man's death. Taking her private railroad car to New York with the three men tagging along, Reggie, Annabel and Aunt Sophia discuss their plans for their stay in England. 
When Simon see's the exquisitely clad females that board the ship to England he has to rethink is original opinion about Regina and wonders how he will set things right between them.
With another attempt on her life onboard the ship her sister and aunt want her to reconsider the duke's proposal and leave the investigating to the men. 
As things heat up between them, Simon wonders if there is a way to keep this unusual woman forever.

ValerieCreel ValerieCreel Aug 29, 2016
At this point I would expect her to say a few choice words.She seems to be spirited.
BarbiiCrushxoxo BarbiiCrushxoxo Aug 25, 2016
We all notice the mistakes but we just read it the way it suppose to be!!
nasiema nasiema Dec 26, 2016
I love it when errors are pointed out and rectified... I would do the same
PhylisCollins PhylisCollins Apr 22, 2016
I am sorry I keep pointing out error's. I will stop not. I mean no harm or don't want to insult you. I also know this is not finished yet. Please  know I am sorry.
PhylisCollins PhylisCollins Apr 22, 2016
Reggie realized not only that not only that.   I think only one only that is needed