Coming soon…. My Loveliest Vision
If you shall not leave, state your purpose here. My father cannot be disturbed at the moment.” Lena squeezed her lids closed, feeling the burn of tears. Tears she could not allow to fall. She pushed down the tightness in her throat. This man was different, his presence in her garden more of an incursion than any before. Her voice broke as she opened her eyes. “Milord, there is naught for you here.”
“Your father is dead. And, you…”
The leaves rattled, and the earth trembled beneath her feet.
“You are mine.”
In a heartbeat he was upon her. Overpowering in presence as the air was crushed between them. She fought the need to step back, to gain distance from this intruder. But it was too late. He was large, she could tell by how his shoulders blocked the warmth of the sun, replaced instead by his heat and the heady scent of man: leather, lye, sweat and sunshine. And again, of exotic sandalwood.
Strong fingers embraced her wrist. She startled at his touch, sucking in a gasp between her lips. His touch was warm, calloused, but so unexpectedly gentle she didn’t pull away. For a moment fear was overrun by the enthralling heat of him. The intoxicating male scent. She stood allowing him to touch her skin. Almost enjoying the way it made heat spread through her.