By Kathleen E. Woodiwiss
"The fairest flower in Mawbry is Erienne Fleming, the spell binding, raven-haired daughter of the village mayor. fascinating, lively and exquisitely attractive, she is beset on either side by way of suitors, anybody of whom may pay a king's fortune for a spot in her center. yet Erienne has eyes for just one: the rushing and witty younger Yankee, Christopher Seton.
But marriage for romance isn't really to be, for her irresponsible and unscrupulous father, crippled through playing money owed, is cause on auctioning off his appealing daughter to the top bidder. And finally, Erienne is devastated to discover it's the unusual and secretive Lord Saxton who has bought her—a mysterious, tragic determine who wears a masks and a cloak consistently to conceal disfiguring scars won in a negative hearth a few years back.
But within the passing days, Saxton's real nature is printed to her. a steady and adoring soul, he treats his new bride with heat and abiding tenderness, but appears to be like to her in basic terms by way of sunlight. She, in flip, vows to be an exceptional and dependable spouse to him. after which Christopher Seton reenters Erienne's global Conflicted by means of feelings she can't suppress, Erienne valiantly makes an attempt to stay honorable to her elusive, enigmatic husband yet feels herself irresistibly attracted to Seton's ardour, his fireplace, and his secrets and techniques. Entangled in intrigues she doesn't but comprehend, Erienne Fleming will quickly need to make a devastating selection: among love and honor . . . among her responsibility and her heart.
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Her heart welled with emotion as she watched Shen Leung in profile. So proud, righteous and humble. “So Shen Leung gets caught in local skirmishes and is praised as a hero through no fault of his own,” she teased. ” His gaze lingered on her. ” Heat rose to her cheeks and she wanted nothing more than to remain by his side, even if she had to challenge him to another swordfight for the right. Even if she had to seduce her way into his heart. She was new to the mysteries of men and women, but she was a quick learner.
Elegant. Sweet. Tempting. She blinked at him, then glanced away. The blanket had slipped from his shoulders and the stir of the air against his skin reminded him that he was half-naked before this maiden. Blood gathered in his loins alarmingly. ” His voice came out thick and huskier than he had expected. Her mouth pressed tight. It was then that he noticed the glint of the butterfly sword in her hand. ” She lunged at him and his pulse jumped, survival instinct taking over. He flung his quilt at her and she stumbled, temporarily blinded.
And she was surprised to discover she loved all of it; the sensation of being stretched beyond bearing, even the slight hitch of pain. She cried out as he entered her completely. Her legs wrapped around him and she buried her face against his throat. His pulse thrummed against her lips, calling to her. He groaned her name and she bit his neck. She’d learned that from him. She learned a lot of other things, too. When she lifted her hips he held her tighter. His fingers pressed into the small of her back and his movements became more jagged and uncontrolled.
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