Melting Ice

By Stephanie Laurens

"England, 1822

After years of adventuring in unique India, prosperous rakehell Lord Dyan St. Laurent Dare has been pressured to come to England and think the name of the 4th Duke of Darke, in addition to the attendant tasks, leader of that is to marry and bring an inheritor.

Seeking to flee familial strain, Dyan drops in on outdated neighbors whose ‘house parties’ are a scandalous mystery between society’s elite, yet, together with his hosts, Dyan is astonished whilst his adolescence sweetheart, girl Fiona Winton-Ryder, nicknamed woman Arctic, abruptly arrives. Fiona had scornfully brushed aside him fifteen years prior to, and Dyan had left not only her yet England, but their long-ago, simmering allure has in simple terms it sizzles.

Fiona has come to avoid wasting a pal from a compromising scenario, however the surprise of encountering masterful, smug, senses-stealing Dyan after such a lot of years takes her breath away and leaves her emotionally teetering. however, coolly guaranteed and each bit the earl’s daughter, she continues to be made up our minds to rescue her friend…but will she be capable of forget about her lifetime fascination and steer clear of Dyan?

Dyan understands this get together isn't any position for a girl like Fiona, yet, by utilizing the warmth of the instant, may possibly he – simply in all likelihood – soften woman Arctic’s ice, and, ultimately, catch her middle?

A vintage ancient romance, contains specific love scenes.

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As an offer, it lacked a undeniable whatever. From Fiona's viewpoint, it lacked very much. Jaw set, the teeth clenched, she set approximately demolishing it. "For your details, Your Grace," she uttered the identify with relish—she did not even have to glance to grasp it introduced a scowl to his face. "At my age, i don't give some thought to a short tumble—even 3 lengthy tumbles—to be adequate cause to tie myself up in matrimony. " "More idiot you," Dyan growled, and dragged her in the course of the open morning-room French doorways. "I recognize you will have continually been obdurate, yet do not you're thinking that this can be overdoing it—even for you? " "Furthermore," Fiona stated, rolling over his interruption with absolutely awe-inspiring dignity, "as i've got survived the prior fifteen years fairly conveniently with out someone driving rein on me, i cannot see that your advice in that sphere is of any specific virtue. " "Yes—but has someone else been cozy? What glib lie did you feed Edmund to your absence final evening? Do you think he believed it? " It used to be an attempt to not resolution that, yet Fiona overlooked her blush, caught her nostril within the air and cast on: "And i don't in any respect see that the concept of saving you out of your simply deserts—to wit, the eye of your great-aunt Augusta—should by any means impression me in such an immense choice. " "That's since you have not lately met her. " Dyan ruthlessly towed her down the hall to the library. "When I inform her i need to marry you, she'll be over right here in a flash—you'll marry me speedy sufficient to be rid of my great-aunt Augusta. " Fiona's eyes kindled on the thinly veiled possibility. "And as in your final inducement to marriage, whereas final evening used to be stress-free sufficient in its method, i don't think any overpowering urge to copy the workout each time quickly. " To her shock, Dyan halted; the closed door to the library was once steps away. somewhat in the back of him, Fiona stepped up, desiring to peer into his face. He grew to become within the comparable rapid. And the wall was once at her back—and his lips have been on hers. One hand framing her jaw, maintaining her trapped, he voraciously plundered her mouth. He leaned into her, letting her consider his muscled weight, letting her feel her vulnerability, her helplessness. Letting her feel the moment wish that raged via him—and her. His chest overwhelmed her breasts—they swiftly swelled and ached. She felt her physique melt, felt her limbs weaken, felt all resistance soften away. Felt his different hand press among their our bodies, sliding all the way down to evocatively cup her, felt his difficult palms seek, and locate her. Felt the skittering thrill that raced via her as he stroked, even supposing his contact was once muted via her skirt. And felt, inside seconds, the slick wetness he drew forth. For one aching fast, he pressed extra firmly opposed to her; his tongue probed the rainy softness of her mouth with a now regularly occurring, deliriously planned rhythm whereas via her skirts, he stroked the rainy softness among her thighs, probing her to an identical evocative beat. Then he drew again from the kiss.

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