"I've been feeling a bit out of sorts as well," he said at last, his voice laden with a deep intensity she had not heard before. "Before we suffer the same malady, you and I"
"M-malady?" she stammered.
Garrett nodded, his eyes searing into hers. "A fever, a fire burning in the blood, an ache that has but one cure. That's how I feel whenever I'm around you, Madeleine." He reached out and smoothed a silken tress. "Who are you thinking of when you stood before the mirror? A lover, perhaps?"
Madeleine gasped, her cheeks firing hotly. She gave no answer but frantically attempted to brush past him. Her foot caught in her skirt, tripping her, and she cried out as she began to fall. The next thing she knew she was staring into Garrett's eyes, his arms tightening like a vise around her trembling body.
"Who were you thinking of, Maddie?" he whispered huskily, his warm breath fanning her cheeks.
She shook her head, unable to speak. Unbridled sensations rippled through her body. Then his mouth found hers, and she knew nothing but the passionate power of his kiss. His lips ravished hers, his tongue flicking at her teeth, and she opened her mouth to him. She moaned as he held her to his chest, his fingers twined in her hair.
"Tell me who you desire" he demanded hoarsely, forcing her head back and covering her throat with biting kisses.
Madeleine nearly screamed aloud as his mouth found the hollow between her heaving breasts, his lips like hot brands upon her flesh. In a passion-dimmed daze, she felt his hand cup her, his fingers dragging away her bodice and chemise....."
- A Hint Of Rapture by Miriam Minger
When Maddie Fraser's father was killed fighting for Bonnie Prince Charles, the spirited Scottish lass swore to avenge his death. Hooded and disguised, she led a series of daring raids against the forces of the Crown - vowing to love no man until the English invaders were driven from her native soil.
Hot-blooded Captain Garrett Marshall was entrusted with the capture of the mysterious brigand called "Black Jack." But the sensuous, azure-eyed beauty hidden beneath the bandit's manly garb tested Garrett's loyalty to his King. Inflamed by a desire he could not ignore, the handsome officer would wed his bewitching enemy to save her from the gallows. But first he'd have to quell her hatred...and conquer her heart.
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