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A Rose in Winter by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss

By Kathleen E. Woodiwiss

"The fairest flower in Mawbry is Erienne Fleming, the spell binding, raven-haired daughter of the village mayor. fascinating, lively and exquisitely stunning, she is beset on each side by way of suitors, anyone of whom may pay a king's fortune for a spot in her middle. yet Erienne has eyes for just one: the rushing and witty younger Yankee, Christopher Seton.

But marriage for romance isn't to be, for her irresponsible and unscrupulous father, crippled through playing bills, is cause on auctioning off his appealing daughter to the top bidder. And in spite of everything, Erienne is devastated to discover it's the unusual and secretive Lord Saxton who has bought her—a mysterious, tragic determine who wears a masks and a cloak always to conceal disfiguring scars received in a poor hearth a few years back.

But within the passing days, Saxton's precise nature is published to her. a steady and adoring soul, he treats his new bride with heat and abiding tenderness, but looks to her simply through sunlight. She, in flip, vows to be an exceptional and dependable spouse to him. after which Christopher Seton reenters Erienne's global Conflicted through feelings she can't suppress, Erienne valiantly makes an attempt to stay honorable to her elusive, enigmatic husband yet feels herself irresistibly attracted to Seton's ardour, his fireplace, and his secrets and techniques. Entangled in intrigues she doesn't but comprehend, Erienne Fleming will quickly need to make a devastating selection: among love and honor . . . among her responsibility and her heart.

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He could see her slender body, her curves, clearly outlined under the silken claiming gown. He willed himself not to be aroused. Her hair fell in a long straight swathe down her back. It made her look younger, more vulnerable. As if she were not already vulnerable enough! Struan stood behind her, turning her to face his people. Internally, a battle raged between his twin spirits. Externally, he was the implacable, formidable pack leader they expected. He addressed them now. “As you know, we were betrayed by the Highlander, Laird McKinley.

Faster she ran. Heart pounding, chest heaving with effort, she threw herself at the door of an unknown chamber, trying to slam it shut before he could reach her, knowing she would fail. Struan leant against the inside of the door, his eyes glittering against the black oak. Iona backed across the cavern—a bed chamber—until her knees hit the edge of the bed. He followed her slowly, matching her step for step, their eyes locked. She was burning hot and icy cold, shivering with anticipation and desire.

She was feverish. His thumb on her nipple was too much and yet not enough. She resented the barrier, however flimsy, of the fine silk garment between them. Struan’s hand tightened on her breast. Impatient now, for the taste of her, he ripped the sark from the neck to the hem and laid her bare, catching his breath at her utter perfection. Her breasts were small but full. Dark pink nipples thrusting for his attention. He suckled one and stroked the other, relishing the way she writhed beneath him.

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