Kate breathed a sigh of relief. Surely they could find someone in London who liked to read.
Kate trod on his foot. Lord, he was direct. I beg your pardon?There is no need to maim me, Miss Sheffield.
It was an accident, I assure you. And it was, even if she didn’t really mind this particular example of her lack of grace.Why, he mused, do I find I have difficulty believing you?Honesty, Kate quickly decided, would be her best strategy. If he could be direct, well then, so could she. Probably, she answered with a wicked smile, because you know that had it occurred to me to step on your foot on purpose, I would have done so.
He threw back his head and laughed. It was not the reaction she’d been either expecting or hoping for. Come to think of it, she had no idea what sort of reaction she’d been hoping for, but this certainly wasn’t what she’d been expecting.Will you stop, my lord? she whispered urgently. People are starting to stare.
People started to stare two minutes ago, he returned. It’s not often a man such as I dances with a woman such as you.
As barbs went, this one was well aimed, but sadly for him, also incorrect. Not true, she replied jauntily. You are certainly not the first of Edwina’s besotted idiots to attempt to gain her favor through me.But if he’d heard her, he didn’t care. His face was a harsh mask of concentration, sweat beading on his brow.
Anthony, she gasped, I can—One of his hands slipped between them and touched her intimately, and she screamed. He slammed forward one last time, and her world simply fell apart. She was stiff, then shaking, then she thought she must be falling. She couldn’t breathe, couldn’t even gasp. Her throat had to be closing, and her head fell back as her hands grabbed at the mattress with a ferocity she’d never have believed she possessed.
He went utterly still above her, his mouth open in a silent scream, and then he collapsed, the weight of him pressing her farther into the mattress.Oh, my God, he gasped, his body now shaking. Never…it’s never…so good…it’s never been so good.