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A Seduction in Scarlet by Sara Bennett

By Sara Bennett

One depraved evening . . .

Lady Portia Ellerslie, dearest confidante to Queen Victoria and a girl of impeccable breeding, mostly would not dream of dallying in Aphrodite's membership, London's so much particular and erotic bordello. yet one lonely evening she reveals anything attractive in regards to the proposal of a wild come upon within the infamous hothouse. wearing a bold, dangerously low-cut scarlet costume and a veil to masks her identification, she arrives on the membership able to succumb to the torrid wants raging inside of her . . . and is surprised to discover herself looking at into the eyes of Marcus Worthorne, the fellow she swooned over at seventeen.

Could result in a life of ecstasy . . .

Back then, Marcus slightly knew she used to be alive, yet now he is approximately to make her such a lot wanton fantasies come real. Portia's right lifestyles is ready to alter perpetually . . . simply because for Marcus one evening with the girl in pink may possibly by no means be enough.

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He’d been in a strange mood all week. Several times he’d set off to spend a night on the town, only to return home before midnight, having found the women boring and the conversation tedious. ” his brother had drawled, eyeing him with cynical disbelief. “I thought you wanted me home before dawn,” Marcus retorted. ” Marcus had grunted, but the truth was, there were plenty of pretty ladies interested in him, just not the one he wanted. Now, he rubbed his brow and tried not to groan aloud. No woman had ever affected him like this before, and he was at a loss as to why it happened.

The thought came from nowhere; sly, dangerous. Abruptly, Portia slipped from the bed and stood up, her heart beating hard. That was not the plan, that had never been the plan. Once, yes, but more than once was far too risky. 30 SARA BENNETT Long, powerful fingers fastened about her slender wrist. Startled, Portia caught her breath, and when she turned to him, he was watching her through half-closed eyes in that lazy, teasing manner she was already growing to enjoy. “Oh no, not yet, my lady. ” She meant to be firm but her voice treacherously wavered.

Perhaps that had been part of his attraction. He hadn’t known she existed, and even now probably wouldn’t recognize her as the shy girl he occasionally met in the lane while riding his horse, or the girl who embarrassed herself so dreadfully that day in church. But he’d certainly recognize her as Lady Ellerslie; all of England did. Marcus the boy had shown promise of the handsome man he had become, the sort of man she’d always secretly admired. Tall and broad shouldered and slim hipped, with the arrogant good looks of someone who didn’t worry about anything overmuch.

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