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The Letter (Reformed Rakes Series #1) [NOOK Book]

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[Siren Classic: Erotic Historical Romance] Jared Warren is a wealthy duke, a peer of the realm, and he cannot have his young wife recklessly embarking on one escapade after another—no matter how charming or passionate she might be. However, trying to rein in his beautiful bride proves to be both a challenge...and a pleasure. Patricia is madly in love with her handsome, autocratic husband, but somehow can't seem to stay in his good graces. Behind closed doors they find erotic fulfillment in each other's arms and Jared is a wonderful, inventive
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The Letter (Reformed Rakes Series #1)

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[Siren Classic: Erotic Historical Romance] Jared Warren is a wealthy duke, a peer of the realm, and he cannot have his young wife recklessly embarking on one escapade after another—no matter how charming or passionate she might be. However, trying to rein in his beautiful bride proves to be both a challenge...and a pleasure. Patricia is madly in love with her handsome, autocratic husband, but somehow can't seem to stay in his good graces. Behind closed doors they find erotic fulfillment in each other's arms and Jared is a wonderful, inventive lover, but he is also a stickler for propriety in all other situations...** A Siren Erotic Romance
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933563794
  • Publisher: Siren-BookStrand
  • Publication date: 7/1/2007
  • Series: Reformed Rakes Series , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 232,316
  • File size: 708 KB

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Stretching out his legs, he gazed at her. She looked like a child caught in a naughty act--which was close to being true--only she wasn't a child. She was an extremely beautiful woman and the glimmer of defiance in her lovely aquamarine eyes made her even more so. Her slender body quivered slightly as he stared at her, and the smooth, soft curves of her firm breasts above the bodice of her evening gown lifted quickly with each breath she took. Tonight she wore rose silk, which complimented her soft blond beauty and flawless ivory skin.

He said coolly, "Did you enjoy the play I expressly forbade you to attend?"

"Jared--"

"Madame, answer my question."

The color in her face deepened at his acerbic order. "Yes, I did, as a matter of fact. It was both witty and well-acted."

"It is, as I understand it, about a man juggling a wife, a mistress, and a bevy of parlor maids he is also having indiscretions with, am I correct? A bawdy salute to the infidelity of men and the promiscuity of women."

"Well, yes, but put that way it sounds terrible, when in truth it was merely quite funny--"

"But not a subject matter I deem suitable for my wife."

"For heaven sakes, I am not naïve. I've read books that--"

He once again interrupted her, something he would normally never do. "I am not your father, who allowed you an exorbitant amount of freedom. The day you became the Duchess of Tellbourne, Patricia, you agreed to obey me. I am obviously tolerant because I have overlooked your escapades so far, but open defiance ... public defiance, in fact, irritates me. We have been married only a few months and already you have been dubbed 'the daring duchess'. I thinkmost of my acquaintances are beginning to believe I cannot control my wife."

The slightly guilty expression on her delicate, fine-boned face told him she knew of the nickname. She bit her soft, pink lower lip and her lush lashes, much darker than her pale gold hair, lowered a fraction. "I don't feel I have had any escapades," she said finally, a stubborn note in her tone. "I don't know why you are so angry. It isn't like I've broken any laws or caused a sordid scandal."

"What about coaxing your maid--who is lucky to still be in my employ, by the way--to take you to see a gypsy soothsayer so you could have your fortune told? Or, I think accepting a wager from young Lord Winston, who is openly besotted with you, to climb a tree in a public park smacks of scandalous, my dear." It still irritated him that Winston had been quoted saying it was worth every coin to have gotten a glimpse of the duchess's shapely ankles.

"It was a friendly bet," she argued, her chin lifting. "Since when is climbing a tree scandalous? Children do it every day."

"But you are not a child, though I am tempted to treat you like one." It was true, her independent spirit was normally delightful, but she needed to realize she was someone people noticed, and most certainly lately, talked about. Her radiant beauty alone drew the eye, he could attest to that, but being married to a peer of the realm made her the target for gossip and scrutiny.

With icy hauteur, she said, "Don't worry, you already are treating me like a child. I cannot remember the last time I was scolded like this. Perhaps you should have told me you were a narrow-minded ogre before we were wed."

Considering his mood, it was the wrong thing to say. He moved so quickly she gasped, reaching across the width of the carriage and hauling her onto his lap, turning her swiftly so she was face down across his thighs. She squirmed furiously as he pulled up her long silken skirts, but he held her easily.

"Jared, what are you doing? Are you mad?"

His wife wore no corset, as it was not necessary due to her natural graceful slenderness. Under her gown she had on only a chemise, and he lifted that lacy garment along with her skirts, exposing her smooth bottom and long legs. The contrast of those two bare, firm mounds above her garters and silk stockings was erotic, as was the intriguing darkness of her female cleft, quite visible with her lovely posterior up in the air.

Lifting his arm, he said calmly, "This is for the Winston incident." His hand came down, not hard, but enough to maybe sting a little. "And this for the gypsy camp, which was damned foolish, as you could have been snatched and sold or ransomed."

She made a sound of pure female outrage as he spanked her again.

"This one is for tonight." He was enjoying himself now, no doubt about it. The sight of her luscious half-naked body across his lap was having a predictable effect on his libido. If she was not so furious, she would undoubtedly have noticed his growing erection. "I hope you realize that my main concern, not just the content of the play, was the unsavory neighborhood of the theater. The thought of anything happening to you is very disturbing to me, Madame."

He smacked her beautiful buttocks, noticing a slightly pink tint to that mounded flesh now. Patricia fairly panted with fury and he could only imagine her expression. Her glorious blond hair had come partially loose from the confining pins with her squirming resistance and hung down in long waves, brushing the floor of the conveyance as they clattered over the cobbled streets. With a faint sardonic smile, he spanked her once more, and she said in a strangled tone, "What was that for?"

"Whatever I haven't heard about," he explained with a hint of humor. His hand then smoothed over her bottom, caressing and slowly slipping down to touch her slim thighs, and then exploring in between. He heard her quick intake of breath as he found her sex, brushing her labia lightly, probing the entrance to her vaginal passage with one finger. He slid it inside her and she jerked slightly, breathing out, "What on earth are you doing now, my lord?"

"I love your body, my dear. I am indulging my wish to touch it."

"I don't want you to touch me. Let me go."

"No."

"But we are not in bed," she objected, her voice changing slightly.

"True." He pushed in farther, testing the satin give of her inner walls. The warm heat made him rock-hard. His rigid cock tightly filled his confining breeches. "And that is something else that is going to change. As a new bride, your reticent sensibilities were to be expected and I agreed to keep the room shrouded for your modesty, making love to you only in the dark, properly under the blankets, knowing you needed to be initiated. That's over now. Sex is a wide, varied world. We are going to explore it together, starting tonight."

Patricia had stopped fighting him and he could hear a swift exhale of breath as he slipped a second finger into her. In fact, he noticed with male appreciation that she spread her thighs slightly to allow him more access as he began a slow, deliberate pattern of arousal. Still face down across his knees, her gleaming hair streaming over her ivory shoulders, she lay quietly. The movement of his hand between her legs seemed to hold all her attention. Wetness began to coat his fingers and he found the nub between those moist folds, stimulating it with skillful precision, feeling it swell slightly. When she moaned and shifted restlessly, he increased the pace until she panted erratically, her bottom lifting in time with his hand. She climaxed moments later, her thighs squeezing together to trap his hand inside, the inner muscles of her passage clenching and rippling around his fingers.

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