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He could. He could kiss her, touch her. That was hardly taking advantage considering who and what she was. But he didn’t think he could leave it at that because the more he knew her, the less she was the Duchess of Dalliance and the more she became Juliette.
She sighed. “Are you thinking about it, Will?”
“I’m weighing my options.”
She rolled her eyes.
“Would you have me pounce on you like some sort of animal?”
“That’s what most men do.”
“And that’s what you want?”
“Will.” She took his shoulders. “I don’t want to be attacked, but a woman likes to feel desired. As it is now, I can see you making lists in your head. Next you’ll pull out your watch and check the time.” She stood. He was losing her. “All your contemplation has given me time to contemplate. And do you know what I’ve contemplated? You insulted me today. You’ve insulted me on several occasions and all but called me a liar. You dragged me out of bed and humiliated me in front of your staff.”
He stood. “I humiliated you?”
“Yes! I kissed you this afternoon because I was feeling vulnerable…and because—” She clenched a hand as though her next words were distasteful. “—you were kind. For once. But I don’t want to kiss you again. And I certainly don’t want to share your bed. You probably look at that dratted pocket watch when you’re making love!” She whirled, and he stood there, prepared to let her go.
And then his pride bubbled to the surface, and he took three steps, caught her about the waist, and swung her around.
“Oh, now what?”
“Now this.” He lowered his mouth to hers and kissed her. He meant the kiss to prove to her that he could be spontaneous, that he was not as she’d painted him. But of course, as soon as he kissed her, he started wondering if this had been a mistake and if he shouldn’t just go to bed—alone—to prepare for the early morning departure.
And then she kissed him back.
Her mouth moved under his, and she made a small sound like a satisfied cat. And Will forgot all about time and mistakes and everything but the woman in his arms. Her mouth was soft and sweet, her lips ripe under his, her breath tasting slightly of the port she’d drank. The silk robe she wore was thin, and he could feel her curves beneath it as he wrapped his arms about her and pulled her closer. She was warm and feminine and just the right height. He did not have to bend to reach her lips.
His hand moved up the silk on her back and wrapped about the silk of her hair. It was thicker than it looked and softer as well. He could imagine it spread beneath her on her bed of blue silk. He could imagine her making those little kitten sounds she made now in his bed as he pleasured her.
Her hands grasped his hair and pulled him nearer still. He couldn’t seem to get enough of her, and he slanted his mouth over hers, kissing her deeply and thoroughly. She broke away and murmured, “Will.”
Excerpt from When You Give A Duke A Diamond ©2012 by Shana Galen. All rights reserved.
WHEN YOU GIVE A DUKE A DIAMOND:
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Length: 382 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (September 1, 2012)
He had a perfectly orderly life...
William, the sixth Duke of Pelham, enjoys his punctual, securely structured life. Orderly and predictable—that's the way he likes it. But he's in the public eye, and the scandal sheets will make up anything to sell papers. When the gossip papers link him to Juliette, one of the most beautiful and celebrated courtesans in London, chaos doesn't begin to describe what happens next...
Until she came along...
Juliette is nicknamed the Duchess of Dalliance and has the cream of the nobility at her beck and call. It's disruptive to have the duke who is the biggest catch on the Marriage Mart scaring her other suitors away. Then she discovers William's darkest secret and decides what he needs in his life is the kind of excitement only she can provide...
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