By Stephanie Laurens
From the gleaming ballrooms of Regency London to the rich glamour of the rustic condominium - permit Stephanie Laurens be your consultant! abducted within the small hours, omit Helen Walford had spent the day being battered and jostled, tied and gagged, trussed and trapped in a tired chaise. She was once rescued via the notorious Martin Willisden - a rakehell who were banished to the military, now scandalously raised to the rank of Earl of Merton! so as to add insult to damage, the correct leave out Walford have been compelled right into a compromising state of affairs along with her depraved saviour. Her basically defence lay in anonymity. yet captured through her attractiveness and bravado, the Earl of Merton knew that he needed to locate his mysterious woman.
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He sat up and swung his leg over the part of the mattress, the sheet slipping all the way down to his waist. whilst he waved her in the direction of him, Helen reluctantly got here to face prior to him. Martin’s robust arms closed approximately her waist. For one heart-stopping second, their gazes locked. Mesmerised, her breath trapped in her throat, Helen watched because the sluggish smile she knew so good twisted his lips. Then he became her approximately. His robust hands made brief paintings of her buttons. yet ahead of she may perhaps movement away, his arms fixed approximately her waist and he drew her right down to sit down on one sheet-swathed knee. the texture of her hot physique among his fingers made Martin want back that she had woken him prior. He heavily thought of pulling her again to the sheets and wrestling her out of her outfits. Who cared what the area inspiration? With a wry grin, he said that such wildness might now not do, no longer if he meant to imagine his social place because the Earl of Merton along with his Countess at his facet. talking of which… He became reasonable Juno approximately in order that he may possibly check out her face. He smiled devilishly, the entire rake. ‘Did you love it? ’ Helen’s eyes flew huge. She blushed furiously. Martin laughed, elevating one finger to caress her cheek. ‘Say you’ll marry me and we will get pleasure from such delights each day—or no less than each evening. ’ His moment notion, he mirrored, yet in situations even more to his flavor. He smiled optimistically and waited for reasonable Juno’s assent. Helen couldn't meet his eyes. because the silence stretched, she felt Martin stressful. Feeling a relax creep over her epidermis, she attempted to ease from his carry. He permit her cross, his palms falling from her as she stood and moved to the fireside sooner than turning to stand him. Steeling herself, she raised her eyes to his. chilly gray stone could have held extra heat than the gray gaze progressively concerning her. His beneficial properties have been emotionless, set like granite; his arms have been fisted on his thighs. the sunshine from the death fireplace gilded the heavy musculature of his naked chest. He seemed very powerful—and deeply indignant. ‘Martin, i can't marry you. ’ Helen compelled herself to enunciate the phrases in actual fact, lightly. within, she felt useless. ‘I see. ’ The phrases got here like a whiplash. Helen hung her head. ‘You’ll willingly proportion my mattress yet you won’t marry me. ’ throughout the pause that ensued, she saved her eyes down, too apprehensive that she could weaken if she appeared up and observed his disillusion. ‘Why? ’ The confusion and damage in that unmarried be aware approximately overset her. She pressed her fingers jointly and compelled her head up. ‘I’m sorry. I can’t clarify. ’ ‘Sorry? ’ by surprise, Martin surged to his toes. Startled, Helen glanced away, color flaring in her faded cheeks. With a strangled curse, Martin stalked to the place a silk gown have been left mendacity over the again of a chair. He shrugged into it, suffering to carry order to the chaotic and violent feelings seething via his mind. ‘Let me simply get one aspect clear,’ he floor out, savagely yanking the sash tight. ‘You have been keen, have been you no longer? ’ ‘Yes. ’ Helen introduced her head up, relieved to determine him decently garbed.