On this date, one year ago RETURNING THE FAVOR entered the world!
It is a Regency short story part of Boroughs Publishing Group’s Lunchbox Romance line. Little bites of romance over lunch 😉
At thirteen, Lady Catherine James fell out of a tree and into Colin Barringer’s heart. Now six years later, he’s determined to secure her hand in marriage, but will a childhood tragedy keep them apart?
He ignited a fire within her that only he could control. Now, it crawled over her skin at an agonizingly painful pace. It was not terrible to have Colin want her. It was distressing that she wanted him. He had an appalling power over her, he always had.
Colin’s mouth stole her words, his taste invaded her senses. He crowded her against the tree, framed her face with his large hands. Sandalwood and heat surrounded her. His lips pressed against hers in a hot demand. A swipe of his tongue along the seam, a nip at the bottom lip. She gasped and his tongue snaked inside. One hand slid from her face to her neck, his thumb moved across her pulse. He played with her, coaxed a response until she couldn’t breathe. He moaned and she felt it in her chest more than heard it.
Finally, he pulled away. He touched his forehead to hers, his quiet pants mingling with her shallow breathing. Catherine’s eyes refused to open. They were heavy, sleepy.
She licked her lips as her eyes filled with tears. “What was that?” What she couldn’t seem to ask was the question uppermost in her mind.
Colin pressed his thumb to her lower lip and said, “That was a promise. You will be my wife, Catherine.”
He wanted her, but what about love? He’d said nothing of love.