“The Daughter of an Earl” by Victoria Morgan (Berkley Sensation)
He yanked away and gaped at her, his hair boyishly mussed, his eyes dazed. “What are we doing?”
She laughed and flattened her hands on his chest. “Laying our weapons down,” she murmured.
He shook his head and caught her wrists, stepping back, as if he needed the distance to collect his thoughts. “No. This is a full-frontal assault, with all weapons fully engaged. That was dangerous. Inflammatory. Any more and we will be burned alive.”
“Perhaps you should surrender, and I will ensure your survival.”
He grunted. “I thought I already did.”
“Mmh, perhaps we should negotiate the terms.”
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