Anna Carrington is no longer a child, but a marriageable young woman who has loved the Duke of Fairmount for years. She has kept her love for him well hidden, sure that even if, by some miracle, he did return her feelings, his dedication to propriety would never allow him to marry his ward.
Jared St. James is known for his strict adherence to the rules of society and respectability, even though he finds himself lusting after Anna. Having struggled against his desire to his young ward, he decides the only way to right the situation is to marry her off, but will she accept the man he has chosen for her or stake claim to her innocence?
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March 04, 2011
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Excerpt from A Duke's Desire by Liz Cole
Anna's fantasies of kissing Jared St. James--how it would feel to be in his arms and have his lips pressed to hers--had not come close to reality. His tongue was in her mouth! She was sure if any other man did such a thing to her, it would have been nauseating, but with Jared, the experience was...well...rather exciting! She tilted her head and touched her tongue tentatively to his. He tasted faintly of ale and something exotic, which was equally as intoxicating.
He groaned and pulled her tightly against him. His kiss grew more passionate. He buried his hand in her hair, holding her head while the other slid down to cup and caress her bottom. His reaction surprised and excited Anna. Decadent warmth blossomed in her chest. Her nipples tingled and grew taut, an urgent feeling blooming low in her belly.
His touch made her body want things she didn't understand--things she sensed she should not allow. But his desire was bewitching, exciting, consuming. Something she did not want to deny. She had dreamed of the day he might care for her as a woman. She'd yearned to be his for so long; she refused to waste one moment worrying about anything else.
Anna moaned and slid her arms around his neck. The secret place between her thighs began to ache. It was almost unbearable. She squeezed her legs together, but it only made the feeling stronger. She parted her legs, seeking some kind of relief and the slight movement brought her in contact with something solid. A startled gasp flew from her lips as the slight friction sent hot waves of pleasure spiraling through her being. Her body cried out for more, and she instinctively pushed her throbbing core against the hard ridge in Jared's lap. Her eyes slid shut as a riot of sensations gripped her.
His lips traveled down her neck, his hot breath tickling her flesh, sending shivers of excitement over her skin. She tilted her head, silently begging him to continue his sensual assault. The soft brush of his mouth grew demanding. His teeth nipped and his tongue lapped at her skin, only to pause and torment her at a spot in the hollow of her neck that made her moan and shudder.
His hand crept slowly up her thigh, his fingers burning a trail over her stomach on their way to cup her breast. Anna arched against his touch, little mewling sounds escaping her as she dragged his mouth to hers and kissed him hungrily.