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by Hannah Howell
Description: A villainous rogue abducts Contessa Tess from her uncle's castle in the Scottish highlands, and when he reveals her uncle's terrifying plans, she follows him into a whirlwind of adventure and realizes that there is a hero beneath his criminal facade.
eBook Publisher: E-Reads/E-Reads, 1992
eBookwise Release Date: March 2009
17 Reader Ratings:
Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [442 KB]
Reading time: 287-402 min.
"Few authors portray the Scottish highlands as lovingly or colorfully as Hannah Howell."--Publishers Weekly
"Why dinna ye sit by the fire, and I will prepare us a meal," Revan said.
"I am sitting by the fire."
The movement of her lips against the side of his neck was one time too many. Had he really felt her tongue briefly, tentatively, stroke his skin? Every desire he had tried to control during their sojourn in the cave was running wild.
"Dinna do it, Revan," he muttered to himself even as he smoothed his hand over her thick, unbound hair.
Leaning back just a little, Tess stared up at him. "Dinna do what?"
His eyes were a stormy gray, and the look they held stirred her blood as much as his hands. She placed her hands on his chest, lightly caressing its smooth, taut breadth. Beneath her hand she could feel the quickening of his heartbeat. He wanted her. It was a heady realization.
"Kiss you," he whispered, his gaze falling to her full mouth. "Dinna kiss you."
Despite her innocence, she knew he was hungering for far more than a kiss. If they did kiss, it would not stop there. She told herself what she was thinking was sinful. It was not right. It was not wise. It was simply asking for trouble and heartbreak.
But none of that mattered.
She slowly ran her tongue over her lips and heard him inhale sharply. Seeing how she could affect him helped make her decision. It might be only passion, at least on his part, but instinct told her she would find none to equal it. She would take whatever was offered, take it now, and worry about the future later....