By Sarah MacLean
"What a scoundrel wishes, a scoundrel will get. . .
A decade in the past, the Marquess of Bourne used to be forged from society with not anything yet his identify. Now a accomplice in London's such a lot particular gaming hell, the chilly, ruthless Bourne will do no matter what it takes to regain his inheritance—including marrying excellent, right woman Penelope Marbury.
A damaged engagement and years of disappointing courtships have left Penelope with no interest in a quiet, cozy marriage, and a eager for anything extra. How fortunate that her new husband has entry to an unexplored global of pleasures.
Bourne could be a prince of London's illicit underworld, yet he vows to maintain Penelope untouched via its wickedness—a problem certainly because the girl discovers her personal wants, and her willingness to bet something for them . . . .even her heart.
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He took her by the shoulders and turned her back to face the gathering women. “This is your chance to practice on the other men. ” Though he spoke with the casual air of a friend, the weight of his hands pervaded the wool of her gown, the heat of his touch distracting her. ” She was about to push her way free of him, when she suddenly spied Clár Ó Reilly joining the women, her laughter mingling with the others. The widow winked at Gunnar as she prepared for the race. Seeing the woman’s happiness provoked even more jealousy.
Then tell Trahern you won’t marry Maraloch. ” A single tear rolled down her cheek. Then another. “I’m not trying to martyr myself, Gunnar…But I don’t believe I can say no. ” She tried to venture a smile and took his hand. ” He needed her to understand it, to refuse the alliance. This was no longer about his friend endangering herself—it was his own unexpected jealousy. He didn’t want any man touching Auder. Not anymore. He ignored the warnings that resounded through his brain, and claimed her mouth once again.
The pale silver moonlight illuminated the cashel and the surrounding land. Upon the hillside, the bonfires blazed, while in the distance lay the threat of the Normans. Gunnar didn’t care about them or anyone else. Right now, he needed to convince Auder that she could never consider giving herself up. He wanted her in a way he hardly understood. It went beyond the casual friendship they’d shared or his desire to keep her safe. Breaking free of the kiss, he held her closely. She trembled within his embrace.
A Rogue by Any Other Name (The Rules of Scoundrels, Book 1) by Sarah MacLean