Once a Lady Mayfair Series Book 5 by J R Salisbury Genre: Historical Romance
CONCLUSION to book 4, Wicked Is The Duke!
Lady Caroline has made a mess of her life. She flees not knowing whether her husband, the earl of Carlisle still lives. Luckily, fate has another twist for her.
Enter Ewan Drummond, duke of Kirkcaldy. The handsome duke offers her a place to go while she determines what the earl is up to, if he even lives. His mother is in need of a companion. Lady Caroline's brother, Lord Montgomery accepts on her behalf and they leave for the duke's home in Scotland.
She finds Drummond easy to talk to, but is well aware the man has secrets of his own. Why does he leave the house in the middle of the night, and where does he go?
Can he be of assistance or will involving himself sully his reputation?
They were admiring a statute of two lovers sitting off to one side of the lit path. It depicted what she'd heard about the count. Two lovers in an erotic embrace. She couldn't pull her eyes away. Never had she seen anything like it other than in a museum.
She felt his hot breath on her neck as they stood quietly. His lips lightly feathered kisses along the back of her neck, sending a desirous urge scorching through her body. She turned slightly to face him, and when she did, his lips met hers. It was unlike any kiss she'd ever encountered. It was anything but gentle, but rather the kiss was greedy and needy.
His tongue parted her lips as he desperately explored the depths of her mouth. She opened to him, her desire for him unlike anything she'd felt before. She wrapped her arms around his neck, feeling his hands pulling her bottom closer to his hardened cock. They were lost to the outside world, caught up in their private world.
Suddenly he pulled away, breaking the kiss. "I apologize. I don't know what got into me."
She smiled. "I think you wanted to kiss me, just as much as I wanted you to kiss me. There's no shame in that, Kirkcaldy."
"I had no right. You belong to another," he rasped.
"And we both know the story behind Carlisle and me. That's another facet to my life. One I wish to put behind me. I thought you knew that."
"I do," he replied. "Still, I had no right."
"You had every right. Soon, I hope the earl will grow tired of trying to search for me and will see divorce is the only way for us."
He rubbed his finger along her cheek. "You're a smart, beautiful woman, Lady Caroline. The day will come when the earl will set you free. Then you'll go back to your life, and I'll return to mine."
"And we both know what sort of life I will have. None. My parents have disowned me; I have nowhere else to go. For now, my life revolves around being a friend and companion to your mother."
"For which I'm very grateful."
"Come, let us enjoy the rest of the evening."
He gave her an odd look. "You're simply going to pretend what just happened between us didn't happen?"
"What is it going to take to make you understand, Kirkcaldy?"
"What I want is to forget the outside world. I want you, Caro. I have since the day I met you."
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