I have switched this month to one of my favorite books that is currently on sale, Only Scandal Will Do.
He has the woman of his dreams, but what price will he have to pay to win her heart?
Kidnapped and sold at auction in a London brothel, Lady Katarina Fitzwilliam squelches an undeniable attraction to the masked stranger who purchased her, pits her wits against him, and escapes him and the scandal that would ruin her life.
Unable to resist temptation in a London brothel, Duncan Ferrers, Marquess of Dalbury, purchases a fiery beauty. She claims she’s a lady, but how can she be? No lady of his acquaintance in polite society is anything like her. Then he discovers she is who she says, and that this latest romp has compromised her reputation. He knows how that is. One more scandal and he’ll be cast out of London society, but he needs a wife who’ll provide an heir to carry on his illustrious family’s name. He seeks out Katarina, intending only to scotch the scandal, but instead finds his heart ensnared. He’s betting their future he’ll capture her heart, but does he have what it takes to win the wager?
Content warning: A blade-wielding heroine who crosses swords with a master of sensuality.
I with started a scene about a third of the way through the book. Lady Katarina has been kidnapped, sold at auction in a brothel to a masked man, has escaped with her virtue, and has now come face to face with the man, who now wants to marry her. She’s refused and now her brother wants to duel with the man, to the death. Kat, who is a wicked swordswoman, has other ideas: let her fight for her own honor and the possibility of not having to marry the man she loathes. They have now agreed to fight to “first blood.” The first one to draw blood wins the match.
In this week’s snippet we are now at the end of the duel and Duncan has disarmed Kat and asks if she yields the match to him.
We are still in Duncan’s POV.
The snippet has been slightly altered to accommodate the WWW format.
Motionless, except for the still labored breathing, she replied, “Our agreement was to first blood, Lord Dalbury–if you do not take it, I claim the forfeit.”
Duncan closed his eyes in exasperation and said, “Very well, then, my lady.”
He continued to circle her, searching for a glimpse of skin that would allow him a small wound–it need only be one drop of blood, for Christ’s sake.
She had loosely tied one of her brother’s cravats around her neck, but it was now askew from the ferocity of the fight, baring part of her neck. He moved behind her again and she tensed, likely in apprehension, not knowing from what direction the blade would come.
Duncan tossed his rapier to Lord Trevor, and quietly stepped so close to Katarina that his breath stirred the hair at her neck; he moved his head even closer, until his mouth was poised beside her left ear.
Her breathing quickened.
“My lady,” he whispered, “you have given me little choice in this matter. I would not wound you, but I will not forfeit the match; however, your protection has also tied my hands in the matter of where to wound you, so I must take where I may find.”
She began to tremble at his words.
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The House of Pleasure series by Jenna Jaxon