Welcome back to Sweet Saturday Sample! All excerpts here are rated PG-13 or milder. Here’s another post from my new WIP, my medieval trilogy Time Enough To Love. Part 1 is called Betrothal. The series is set in England and France in 1348. Betrothal takes place at the court of King Edward III.
Lady Alyse de Courcy is a waiting gentlewoman to Princess Joanna, youngest daughter of King Edward. After receiving the news that the new courtier, Sir Geoffrey Longford, is her betrothed, a dazed Alyse is less than happy with her arranged marriage. Today’s snippet takes place after their initial meeting., It follows on immediately after last week’s sample. Alyse is not alone with her thoughts after her current bedfellow, Anne, goes to sleep.
Alyse frowned at Anne’s bold words. Geoffrey Longford was hardly a gift from God, but she was more than a little disturbed that her thoughts returned incessantly to her approaching wedding night with Sir Geoffrey. Was there any wonder after the way his touch set her body aflame? Was that normal? Lord Brayton’s caress gave none of the heated feelings Sir Geoffrey’s stirred in her. A shiver overtook her when she remembered the desire in his eyes. All too soon she would be alone with Geoffrey Longford and that desire would become more than just a look.
She drew a deep breath and exhaled, willed herself to forget about her betrothed for the rest of this night. One last stroke of her hair then she set the brush aside. As her hands smoothed her shift, her thumbs brushed past her breasts, then down along her waist to flare over her rounded hips. Suddenly, it was two weeks hence and Geoffrey Longford’s rough hands swept over her body instead.
Shudders rippled through her, and heat swelled within her body. She hastily dropped her hands, only to realize she was panting. She must stop these thoughts about the man, else she would go mad ere the appointed day.
Alyse blew out the candle and climbed between the sheets, banishing images of the night, all too soon, when she would share a bed with the hulking knight she had met this evening. Oh, that Lord Brayton would warm my bed instead. Then I would agree with Anne that I had gotten my wish!
Alyse seems determined not to drop her fancy for Thomas Knowlton. Wonder what Geoffrey’s going to say to that?
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