After a decade of service to his king, Lord Trenton Stanley returns home to find his estate in ruins, his fortune depleted, and his doddering father drooling over Mary—a woman Trent fears has been installed to replace his mother. Trent strives to rebuild his life, but his desire for Mary becomes a serious distraction he can’t seem to ignore.
Though Mary is anxious to prove she’s a worthy lady, she’s tempted by the rakish Trent into deeds most unladylike…
Lrd Trenton Stanley sat down in his coach, but unfortunately it was upon a woman.
Or maybe not unfortunately.
This woman was one of Britain’s finest. She struggled to sit up, and he shifted his weight to accommodate her. Immediately he noticed her beauty. Mounds of sunshine coloured curls piled atop her head, and large, round, sky blue eyes momentarily dizzied him. Her unlikely presence made Trenton’s loins respond lustily.
He could not believe his good fortune — a doxy from James. That old badger. How was he to know Trent had sworn off whores? Months had passed since his last dalliance, and while his time soldiering for King Henry provided some sport, he believed his affianced deserved more than a man who slept with sluts. He thought to give up such debauchery and become what his mother and father intended — a man of moral rectitude, a gentleman of honour. But then to be presented with this fine specimen of comely femininity. She looked delicious. Her avid eyes snapped from feature to feature, boldly studying his face in a most disconcerting way. She openly invited him with red ripe lips that pouted seductively. He didn’t hesitate.
She groaned as his mouth crushed her lips in a forceful kiss. And she fought, too. She clasped and pushed at the muscles under his wool coat and linen shirt. Her hands moved frantically like a hummingbird at spring nectar. She batted his shoulders and pummelled his chest, all while his tongue plundered her mouth, and his hands roved over her fragrant flesh. Her breath clotted when he whispered scandalous intentions in her ear. His overextended manhood pressed hard against her thigh, and she looked as if to swoon when his kisses moved from her lips to her throat to the tops of her breasts.
She beat upon his back with gloved fists. “No, Lord Stanley. Cease! Please.”
Did she expect coin before the transaction was complete? Reluctantly, he pulled away. She was magnificent in her disarray. He stared into the sensuous face, noting her delicate nose and dimpled chin. No pox marred her shimmering flesh, and her skin, soft as mink, was flawless. In fact, she appeared uncommonly clean for one in her trade. Did he smell Frankincense, the kind priests wafted at High Mass? His frank perusal rendered her speechless, and he liked the quiet type. Too bad, she looked at him as if he were part monster — or was it part saviour?
She was certainly no ordinary whore.
Ann Montclair writes contemporary and historical fiction and is an English professor at a small, rural community college. She was born in Los Angeles, California, where her parents and grown daughter now reside. Ann currently lives in the Finger Lakes region of New York with her husband, son, and a pile of dogs and cats. She enjoys listening to live music, hiking, cycling, cooking, and gardening. She hates dieting but spends a lot of time ruminating on the topic. Her biggest wish is that each of her readers will be inspired to believe in and find their own happily-ever-after, no matter their fears and insecurities. Her motto is Love triumphs! Ann has three published contemporary romance novels: The Billionaire’s Bauble (Soul Mate Publishing 2011), One Wet Summer (Musa Publishing 2012), and Good Things Come in Tall Packages (Musa Publishing 2012). Lady in Deed (Musa Publishing 2012) is her first historical romance. Lady is the Law, another Tudor historical romance, is forthcoming 2013.
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