By Nicole Jordan

Nicole Jordan spins a tasty story of wit and delightful sensuality during this enchanting Regency romance, the fascinating first in a blinding new trilogy, The Courtship Wars.

Marcus Pierce, a strikingly good-looking aristocrat with a depraved popularity, inherits guardianship of Arabella Loring and her more youthful sisters–and instantly announces his goal to marry them off. yet gorgeously defiant Arabella sparks frustration–and whatever deeply erotic–in Marcus. After matching either wits and swords together with her, Marcus concludes that this gorgeous and ambitious foe has to be his.

Having sworn off marriage and males, Arabella needs to be left by myself to run her completing college for younger girls. consequently, she boldly accepts Marcus’s intimate problem: If he can woo and win her inside weeks, she’ll take her position in his mattress as his spouse. although, if she will face up to his massive charms, the Loring sisters might be granted their independence. hence a rare video game of seduction starts off. . . .

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Her mouth curved. “Truly, i'll be thankful in your aid. ” while he didn’t answer, her gaze traveled downward, over his sodden greatcoat. “You rode on horseback via that dreadful hurricane? ” “Unfortunately definite, due to the fact a carriage might were too sluggish if you already had a two-hour head begin. ” “I am sorry you needed to endure the sort of depressing adventure. ” Marcus gave her a quelling glance. “If you try to assuage my ire, it won’t paintings. ” “No? ” Arabella gazed up at him, a part smile taking part in on her lips. “Perhaps if you happen to have been hotter, your mood will be cooler. you have to eliminate your rainy coat and drink a few sizzling wine. you need to be completely chilled. ” discovering no rational cause to argue—even although perversely short of to—Marcus shed his soaked greatcoat and hung it on a wall peg to dry whereas Arabella moved over to the desk and poured a few scorching mulled wine right into a mug. She introduced it to him, then back to the fireplace to hot herself sooner than the fireplace. Marcus sipped the wine whereas gazing her. Her damp hair, which spilled round her shoulders and curled in drying wisps round her face, glowed bronze within the crackling blaze. His gaze traveled downward to Arabella’s naked toes, which peeped out from underneath the duvet she held round her shoulders. considering if she was once bare underneath it made him immediately demanding, even though his physique felt part frozen from the frigid climate. Disciplining his lust, Marcus carried the mug over to her. “Here, drink. You glance as chilly as i believe. ” Arabella took it and sipped whereas looking at up at him. “Marcus, i might have gladly requested in your support had you been domestic. ” within the face of such an apology, he knew it'd be churlish to proceed berating her. finally, she was once merely attempting to shield her reckless student in addition to her academy. every thing Arabella and her sisters had labored so demanding for prior to now 3 years was once in jeopardy. And truthfully, he couldn’t deny his admiration for her. He was once anxious for her security and vexed as hell that she might endanger herself through flying to the rescue of her wayward scholar, yet he needed to respect Arabella’s mettle, placing herself in danger to guard the younger ladies in her cost. now not that he may admit it to her simply now, Marcus made up our minds. Arabella was once too self sufficient because it used to be. She was once nonetheless gazing his face, as though gauging the intensity of his anger. eventually she stated in a smooth, imploring tone, “I don’t are looking to struggle, Marcus. Do you? ” “No,” he answered gruffly, his mood nonetheless infected after chasing after her for hours. “Perhaps we should always name one other truce. ” Marcus gave her an extended glance. “What did you've gotten in brain? ” Casting a look on the unmarried mattress, Arabella swallowed. “As you stated, we’re either chilled to the bone. we will be able to hot one another. ” It used to be a transparent invitation to make like to her. the possibility had the impact of pacifying his foul temper to some extent. It was once the 1st time Arabella had made the advances of their dating. “Very good, a truce,” Marcus acknowledged extra flippantly. Draining the final of the wine, he set the mug apart and started to strip off his garments, beginning along with his coat and waistcoat and boots.

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