And a final new excerpt for Friday! Taking a page from a friend’s post called Friday Flames, this excerpt is a bit hotter than the rest! Enjoy!
ONLY MARRIAGE WILL DO
Not every happy-ever-after begins at “I do.”
When the hero of her dreams rescues Lady Juliet Ferrers from the man claiming to be her husband, she is sure she has found her one true love. But is she free to marry him? Not to be deterred, Juliet arranges for her hero, Captain Amiable Dawson, to escort her to her family estate, hoping that along the way she can win his love.
Amiable is charmed by the sweet, beautiful woman he rescued, and although he has grave reservations about her marital status, he allows himself to be swept up into Juliet’s romantic spell and the promise of a happy-ever-after.
The spell breaks when legal questions arise and Juliet faces the horror of not knowing if she is married to her knight in shining armor or the cruel viscount who is determined to have her at any price.
At this point in the story, Amiable has rebuffed Juliet’s flirtation him, leaving her despondent and him repentant. So he’s come to her room to make amends and finds himself “bowing to the inevitable.”
As he lifted his mouth toward hers, a tingle of anticipation skittered across her lips. Had, in fact, started to generate a fire of their own from within. Then his lips took hers, all the warmth and desire she had hoped for there, in that first touch.
Slowly, patiently, he caressed her mouth. He drew her closer, in body and soul, until she lay in his arms, cradled like a baby. Warm and safe, even though in the arms of a virtual stranger. He didn’t feel like a stranger, but familiar, like coming home after a long absence.
He left her and whispered, “Better now?” Then he resumed the kiss before she could even nod.
Deepening the kiss, he slid his tongue into the depths of her mouth. She tasted the wine from dinner and an underlying sweetness that had nothing to do with spirits but rather with his essence. Heat rose all over her body, seeping into her from every point where they touched. She stretched in his lap, slipped her arms around his neck, and drew him closer to her. Savored every single moment of indescribable pleasure. And wanted more.
She ran her fingers up into the silky, disheveled hair at his nape and pressed him to her, greedy for the feel of him. Her lips rubbed against his, slow and sensuous. With her tongue she chased his, now shy, now bold, until she unexpectedly plunged it into his mouth, eliciting a startled groan from him.
He clutched her to him then broke away to again whisper in her ear. “My love.”
“Amiable” was all she could manage before she pulled him back to her.
“No, my dear. Wait.” He sat her up and slid her off his lap but kept her close, his arm around her, her head nestled on his shoulder.
“Amiable.” She reached across him, inadvertently brushing her hand over his abdomen.
“Juliet.” He grabbed it and placed it on his chest. “I warn you, love, I am no saint.”
She pulled herself up until she stared into the smoldering blue eyes. “Then be a sinner, my dear.”
Amiable groaned and grabbed her head, crushed her lips against his again with a ferocity that stole her breath.
He wanted her, every bit as much as she wanted him. So be it. With a sigh of bliss, she abandoned herself to him.
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To celebrate the cover reveal, all week-long I’ll be posting different snippets from Only Marriage Will Do, and each day I’ll be offering a copy of Only Scandal Will Do, the first book in the series, to a commenter on this blog who tells me that they want a copy and who signs up for my newsletter. Winners will be announced on next week’s Jenna’s 411 (April 15).
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