What a Duke Dares (Sons of Sin)
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A REPUTATION AT RISK
What woman in her right mind would say no to marrying the dashing Duke of Sedgemoor? Miss Penelope Thorne, that's who. She's known Camden Rothermere since they were children-and she also knows she'd bring nothing but scandal to his name.
Cam can hardly believe Penelope turned down his proposal. But if she wants to run off to the Continent and set the rumor mill ablaze, he can't stop her. Then her brother's dying request sends him to bring home the one woman he thought he'd finally gotten over.
The only way they'll both get back to London without their reputations in tatters is to pretend they're married during the journey. That means kissing like they mean it and even sharing a bed-until it becomes hard to tell where the game ends and true desire begins . . .
But the sad and unalterable reality was that he didn’t love her. He’d never allow himself to love anybody. He suffered a bad case of unsatisfied desire, a stronger reaction than she’d expected from phlegmatic Camden Rothermere. But love had never been part of the equation. She spoke stiffly. “No, I don’t want to marry you. ” Another crash from above, violent enough to shake the deck. It sounded like a herd of elephants thundered up and down playing football. “If you don’t want an affair, what the hell do you want?
Enough. ” Tauntingly slowly, she rose, lingering at the tip. His neck muscles were so tight, he feared his head must break off. He closed his eyes. Speaking was painful. “Let me take over. You’ve made your point. ” Whatever that point had been. He’d forgotten it the minute she’d used her mouth. Her hand still curled around him, warm and firm. She needed to let go or she’d get a nasty surprise. Warm silk tumbled over his belly and she took him again. Heat. Pressure. Pleasure. Demand. Resistance. The throbbing necessity of need.
Spluttering, he searched the wild seascape. Nothing. He dived, opening his eyes against stinging salt and cold, but saw only gray and black. Sand churning in the water abraded his skin. He stayed down until his lungs screamed with pain. Then he kicked toward the surface, gulped for air, and went under again. He bobbed up, gasping, to watch the upturned boat shatter into jagged spears of wood against the rocks. The impact was loud enough to rise above the wail of the wind and the roar of the waves. Cam couldn’t see his crew.
Harry, I feel… empty without you. ” Immediately he understood. Hunger vied with his overwhelming need to cherish her. For all her vitality and eagerness, she seemed fragile. “I don’t want to hurt you. ” She pressed so close to where he wanted her. Every time she moved, he struggled not to penetrate her. “I want you. ” Rapidly he reached a point where he needed to take the final step in this dance or leave the house. Given his state of undress, that would give the good residents of Russell Square something to talk about.
You look so smug,” she said with a delicious gurgle of laughter. She linked her hands around his neck and tugged at the hair brushing his collar. “I’m a hero. My wife told me so. ” Gently he laid her across the bed, her legs dangling over the edge. She rose on her elbows and slid back until he caught one slender ankle. “Don’t move. ” “Cam? ” she asked uncertainly. “I want to give you pleasure. ” “You have. ” “There’s more. ” “I doubt I’ll survive more. ” He smiled as he untied the ribbons around her ankle and slid one green silk slipper off.