The Taste of Innocence TASTE OF INNOCENCE Mass Market by Stephanie Laurens

By Stephanie Laurens

For no gentleman is that this truer than Charles Morwellan, the 8th Earl of Meredith. even if he is visible the various winning unions of his Cynster connections, he has additionally watched his father's obsessions approximately ruin their relatives and fortune, a mistake Charles won't repeat. yet as Lord Meredith he needs to marry, so he bargains for Sarah, the daughter of his associates Lord and woman Conningham. She's clever sufficient to run his social lifestyles, appealing sufficient to grace his arm, and the right age to grasp the worth of his provide.

For so much younger girls of the ton, the best marriage is the end result of years of educating, excellent deportment, and complex plans that might galvanize a common. yet as a woman of self reliant capability with a lifetime of her personal, Sarah is unwilling to wed except it truly is for unbounded love.

But Charles regularly will get what he wishes. He convinces Sarah to provide him weeks to win her; if he succeeds, they're going to marry instantly. And so starts off an severe courtship. through day, Charles and Sarah are types of decorum indulging in harmless walks, well mannered dialog, sedate waltzes. every one evening they thieve away to the luxurious, moonlit gardens, the place sensual embraces flip to searing kisses, and masses, even more. either are swept away on a tide of ardour and feeling neither can resist.

And but, after the marriage, regardless of nights of insatiable ardour, Charles is still aloof, as though the near-sinful sweetness in their nights exists in basic terms in a dream. Sarah battles to end up that real love is a strength that cannot be contained, a present worthy battling for, yet it is only while she's engulfed in an online of more and more risky incidents that Charles discovers how a lot he is keen to give up to guard . . . the flavor of innocence.

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Regardless, as he studied her eyes as she blinked rather dazedly up at him, he couldn’t suppress an inward smugness. She felt warm, soft, and desirable in his arms, but he gently set her back, and let his lips curve in an easy, charming—reasonably innocent—gesture. ” His smile deepened. ” Her eyes narrowed fractionally. Raising a hand, with the back of one finger he lightly stroked her cheek, then stepped back, bowed, and left her. Before he was tempted to do anything more. Sarah Conningham had definitely been the right choice.

The gods continued to smile for the next hour. Again and again, she found herself gazing at Charlie, a silly smile on her lips as she drank in the sight of him, his hair whipped wild, gray eyes narrowed against the spray, shoulders flexing, arms powerfully bracing as he managed the tiller; never before had she seen the Viking side of him more transparently on display. Time and again she’d catch herself mooning and look away, only to have her eyes drift back to their obsession. At first she thought her awareness was one-sided, then she realized that whenever she moved to assist with the sail, his gaze traveled over her, lingering on her breasts, her hips, her legs as she stretched and shifted.

Her. She inclined her head and waited with feigned patience while he greeted the others, exchanging quips and sporting news with the gentlemen. One thing between them had already changed; the odd breathlessness that had previously attacked her whenever she set eyes on him hadn’t afflicted her to night. She’d been studying him, assessing; perhaps that was why. Why the effect of his presence hadn’t struck until he’d been much nearer—close enough for their eyes to meet, for him to touch her hand.

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