Wicked Rake, Defiant Mistress (Harlequin Historical) by Ann Lethbridge
By Ann Lethbridge
Whilst a mysterious lady holds him at gunpoint, Garrick Le Clere, Marquess of Beauworth, is aware he is eventually met his match!With her domestic misplaced to collectors, woman Eleanor Hadley has been pressured to take drastic steps. She's with out hope--until the infamous rake deals a fashion out of her predicament....Garrick quickly discovers that his new mistress is a virgin, and a lady--with a perilous mystery lifestyles! however the excitement she brings will be simply what he must soothe the soreness from his previous.
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The child remained glued to the spot, coughing as choking black smoke rose around her. Heart pounding, Eleanor dropped everything and ran. She caught Sissy by the arm and thrust her out of the front door. She flew back inside. Rubbing her eyes, Sissy poked her head in. ' Flames played among the ragged ends of the rug. Glowing soot took flight in the draught from the door and landed on the tablecloth. It flared up. Oh God, soon the whole place would be alight. She glanced wildly around. Her father's calm voice echoed in her ears.
While Garrick waited, memories curled around him like comforting arms. He could almost hear the sound of his father's voice, the feel of his arm heavy on Garrick's young shoulders as they poured over maps or Father told him stories of military engagements. On a warm spring day like today, the bank of French windows leading to the balcony would have been thrown open, a breeze heavy with the scent of roses from the garden beyond billowing the heavy blue curtains into the room. He hated the smell of roses.
He brushed his lips across her mouth, warm and dry and soft. A mere whisper of the kiss he'd given her in the dark on a moonlit road. A lightning bolt seemed to shoot through her body, hot yet pleasurable. She stiffened in shock. 'I've been wanting to do that since the moment I saw you,' he said, his voice carrying on a warm puff of breath against her chin. She shivered, her mind a blank to everything except trembling anticipation. A smile dawned slowly, lazy and sensuous. She could not tear her gaze from his mouth.