The Sense Of Honor

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"What would you do to protect the people you love?"

CHRISTIANA TATUM will do anything. But when a handsome stranger comes to Bellewyck Abbey looking into guarded secrets of the past, she finds herself not only trapped in a web of deception, but falling in love with a man who could destroy everything she has struggled to save.

DEVLIN GRAYSON, the 'Duke of Pemberton', learns the estate he's inherited is in ruins. Even worse, Bellewyck's ward is missing. Certain of treachery, ...

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Overview

"What would you do to protect the people you love?"

CHRISTIANA TATUM will do anything. But when a handsome stranger comes to Bellewyck Abbey looking into guarded secrets of the past, she finds herself not only trapped in a web of deception, but falling in love with a man who could destroy everything she has struggled to save.

DEVLIN GRAYSON, the 'Duke of Pemberton', learns the estate he's inherited is in ruins. Even worse, Bellewyck's ward is missing. Certain of treachery, Devlin probes into the shadows of Bellewyck Abbey. The woman who thwarts him at every turn, yet steals his heart, makes him question the foundations of everything he's grown to believe. Will he be able to win her trust in time to save her-or will the sense of honor that guides her actions end in her death?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780974624969
  • Publisher: Highland Press
  • Publication date: 2/6/2007
  • Pages: 300
  • Sales rank: 978,256
  • Product dimensions: 0.67 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

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His kiss transcended time and space, and swept her into an enchanted kingdom ruled by desire and passion. Yet, awareness of so many details endured, from the quiet of the room to the sighs and cadence of their breathing. The texture of his clothing and the muscles she felt contracting in his back with each movement. And, of course, the scandalous sensation of his arousal pressing against the skirts of her gown.

He kissed the side of her neck, resulting in a most curious reaction. A fluttering feeling deep inside her belly grew more insistent; slick moisture gathered between her thighs. A moment later, his seductive lips slid down to place open-mouthed kisses upon the swells of her bosom, prompting her to clutch his upper arms and direct a rather unfocused gaze to the ceiling.

Do not faint.

Then, he stopped. Pulling back, his breathing harsh, ragged gasps, he flicked his hand and--much to her startled amazement--her gown slid to the floor. How had he accomplished such a thing without her knowing?

Standing before him in her half-corset, she had little time to think about the gown. His long, large masculine fingers began to release the lacings with a skill that made her blink. Pulling it off her body, he grinned. "I do so like the shorter version."

"How did you learn--"

Shaking his head, he pressed a fingertip against her lips to stop her question. "You do not really want to know, do you sweetheart?"

"No." She did not want to think about past lovers. Their vaporous images sprang upanyway, making her feel gauche, inept, and ignorant. As if he knew the direction of her thoughts, he led her to the side of the bed.

"Sit."

Not knowing what he wanted or expected from her, she could only watch as he slowly removed her shoes and stockings. Her chemise remained the only article of clothing and he seemed to be debating whether or not to remove it.

Perhaps he expected her to remove it? She looked to the open draperies allowing so much light into the room. Then again, he'd seen most of her body already in the orchard. For that very reason, she stood and brazenly opened her chemise enough to let it slip from her body and pool about her feet. That action seemed to stun him.

Determined to convey a sense of worldliness, she kept her arms at her sides and waited for his slow, heated inspection to conclude. His breathing sounded labored and he swallowed hard; his nostrils flared slightly like an animal on the scent of its prey.

He moved toward her--one step, two steps. A hairsbreadth apart when he turned her about and kissed the curve of her shoulder, one hand flat against her belly while his other hand cupped one of her breasts. He groaned low, pulling her back against his chest, the hard ridge of his still confined erection pressing against her naked skin.

"You do not play fair, my sweet," he whispered into her ear.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2009

    Great Read

    This book is a great read. Enjoyed the characters and the action and the "spice".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2007

    beautiful debut novel

    I first read parts of this book when I was a member of Hearts Through History. Ms. Kath-Bilsky was racking up the contest finals and wins at an amazing pace. Over a two year period she surely set a record! Only, historicals were going through a slow time, so many very good historical writers were not getting their books bought. So hats off to Highland Press for recognising her talent and getting the book into print. Devlin Grayson, the Duke of Pemberton, inherits an estate, and it brings him nothing but trouble. Christiana Tatum is the current keeper of Bellewyck Abbey, and is attracted to the new lord of the manor, but she has secrets she must shield from him. Others are involved and they must be protected, and that puts stumbling blocks into the road of the growing romance. Kath-Bilsky loves her story, her characters and gives that heart to her novel that you often see in first time novelists. She delivers a story of love, honour and intrigue.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2007

    A beautifully written romance

    Ashley Kath-Bilsky's debut novel is an elegantly written story. Time is 1812 for most of the setting, Kent, England. The title, The Sense of Honor, accurately describes the motivation for hero and heroine, and propels the story forward in a believable fashion. An inherited estate and missing ward bring Devlin Grayson, the Duke of Pemberton into the path of Christiana Tatum, housekeeper at Bellewyck Abbey. Both have secrets they must keep from each other, yet the secrets weigh heavy as the attraction grows between them. However, the sense of honor, as in protecting those who cannot protect themselves, keeps them from blurting out the truth at first opportunity. This was a well thought out plot with well defined characters. I enjoyed the author's prose, her story and the way her characters slowly and believably grew into better, more trusting people. The resolution was very satisfying. There are sensuous scenes, not at all gratuitous but well written, which contribute to the story. Anyone who as a child had dreams about their own knight in shining armor will love this story. I did. I highly recommend The Sense of Honor and look forward to this author's next novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2007

    An Outstanding Read!!!!

    This book was just awesome. The minute I started reading it, I didn't want to put it down. It constantly keeps you guessing about what is going to happen next. The characters are engaging and richly developed. The story is amazingly planned out. I urge all lovers of Romance novels to pick this one up. You will not be disappointed. It will keep you riveted to the pages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2007

    A New Voice

    If you haven't read this book, I HIGHLY suggest that you do. Ashley Kath-Bilsky is a force to be reckoned with in the world of historical romance. A new voice on the ever changing world or romantic fiction. I know Ashely and I'm not just saying this because she is my friend, but her book is outstanding. Christiana and Devlin share a journey in which secrets are revealed on both their parts and the struggles that they face with those secrets. I admire Ashley so much and am so proud of her accomplishments. I can't wait for her next book!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2007

    A wondeful inspiring thriller!

    This was an exciting tale of love and treachery, a romantic tale full of suspense you will enjoy this book a great deal. I did!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2007

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    I was mesmerized by the storyline from the very beginning of the book.You actually bond with all of the characters and can visually imagine them.The wonderful thing about this book is that when you think you figured out one part of the story, it changes and keeps you guessing all over again! It's one of those books that you JUST can't put down once you start it.Highly recommend it!

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