By Margaret Wade Labarge
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His brows lifted in surprise. She forced what she hoped was a becoming blush. ” She paused. “Instructions on how to be a proper and obedient wife. ” He seemed to tense, as if her words had knocked the breath from him. His eyes met hers. This time, there was no mistaking the flash of heat. ” His gaze slipped to her mouth and down the length of her body, lingering on her breasts. ” Isabel felt her insides quiver, not missing the sexual innuendo in his words. Her cheeks flamed. ” The huskiness in his voice sent a shiver of awareness down her spine.
His gaze sharpened. A good tactic, he thought, but one that did not fool him. He studied her, wishing he could see inside that beautiful head. Why was she spending so much time in the underground kitchens, and what was she really looking for? He didn’t think it was a missing pearl. Allowing her to stay in the old keep by herself was an unnecessary risk. There was an easy solution, one that shouldn’t be difficult to make. Rory knew what he had to do, unreasonable lust or not. “I was looking for you,” he said.
Today was no different. Rory’s courteous indifference frustrated her. Especially tonight, when every nerve ending in her body seemed set on edge. Still, sitting so close to him, her body tingling with awareness, Isabel kept thinking of the night to come. She peeked up at him from under her lashes. What would it be like? Would he have care for her innocence? Her thoughts stole to his impressive physique. His size intimidated her; she hoped he would not crush her with all that muscle. Yet as her questions multiplied, Rory seemed entirely unaffected.