The Promise in a Kiss (Cynster) by Stephanie Laurens

By Stephanie Laurens

Unique ebook: 2001

What might you do for those who have been kissed via the main good-looking stranger you'd ever noticeable? And what if that guy used to be a Cynster?

Every girl--even convent-educated ones--dreams of forbidden kisses. So whilst a guy actually falls at Helena's toes as she's jogging in the course of the courtyard one moonlit Christmas Eve, the gorgeous, younger comtesse d'Lisle is familiar with he's as much as no sturdy. He's truly a piece dangerous... and clearly stuck in the midst of a clandestine rendezvous. Why else might he have risked his neck and jumped out of a window into the snow?

It's improper, it's outlandish . . . and it's the main totally romantic gesture she's ever obvious. So while the great sisters rush up, not easy to grasp if she has noticeable a guy at the grounds, Helena ignores the years of strict upbringing that insist she demonstrate his presence.

To lie will be a sin, yet nobody could be solid the entire time.

As a gift for her silence, the stranger takes her in his fingers and enticingly, unforgettably kisses her--and then departs, leaving a lingering if unstated promise of all that would be, should still destiny decree that they meet back. even though Helena doesn't are aware of it, her wild Englishman is Sebastian Cynster, Duke of St. Ives, a nobleman who will turn out to be her destiny.

Seven years later, Helena has been remodeled from a stunning schoolgirl to an aristocratic attractiveness. Her gleaming wit has made her wanted through London's hostesses; her significant dowry has made successful her hand the purpose of many a gentleman . . . yet she is deadeningly conscious of how dull such a lot of of those gents are.

Her manipulative mother or father has all of sudden allowed her to discover a husband of her personal picking out, and he or she has no purpose of marrying any guy who attempts to tame her. There needs to be anyone excellent for her . . . somebody who can reside as much as the promise of that long-ago kiss.

Then, at a ball, destiny moves. once more, it's the Christmas season, and around the crowded room Helena stands transfixed . . . for there's the fellow whose kiss she hasn't ever forgotten, the fellow of her reminiscence whom no different has ever been capable of supplant. Her wild, mysterious Englishman, Sebastian Cynster, Duke of St. Ives.

One glance, and he's made up our minds to reclaim her . . . .

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Alice ducked her head wishing she could hide. “Yes, she is lovely,” Blake complimented. Alice couldn’t help but glance through her eyelashes at Blake. The intensity in his eyes made her want to place cool hands on her warm cheeks, but that would draw more attention to her. Treading the waters of the ton, while trying to secure a titled husband was a challenge she had not relished. Alice managed to draw some male attention even though her dowry was only two thousand pounds. But she wanted more than interest and friendship from a marriage.

Her name on his lips made her mouth go dry. She wanted him to rip her clothes off rather than help her into them. She wanted to touch him, those full lips and firm jaw. How soft would his hair be if she touched it? Stop it. This was Blake, not a seducer of helpless women. “Close your eyes,” she commanded, embarrassment coursing through her. His nostrils flared and he sucked in his breath. “Don't look at me as you assist me,” Alice insisted, clenching her fists around the bunched up gown. “That depends on what you need assistance with,” Blake replied, keeping his eyes trained on her face.

Alice didn't wish to press Lord Bedford further and soon after she was whisked away to dance with other gentlemen of her acquaintance. Quadrilles and country-dances filled the remainder of her evening. The last dance came and Lord Bedford was at her side again. Blake had not approached her for another dance, but she smiled to hide her disappointment. Perhaps he came to the realization that she was to marry an aristocrat and set his sights on a much easier, steadier target. Miss Staton or Miss Carter would make a good wife for Blake.

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