Alexa Aston here, and I couldn’t be happier that today is release day for Marked by Honor, the second book in my Knights of Honor series.
I simply adored Raynor Le Roux, who first made an appearance in Word of Honor. Raynor is the cousin of Geoffrey de Montfort (the hero in Word of Honor), and they are best friends and as close as brothers. The two men fostered and had spent their lives together—until Geoffrey vanished the day after his wedding to Merryn Mantel. By the end of Word of Honor, Geoffrey had returned and he and Merryn received their HEA . . . but poor Raynor had no one. Book 2 in the series solves that little problem!
1363 A.D. – Lady Beatrice Bordel loses her mother and grandfather on the same day, leaving her penniless. With no protector and no prospects for marriage, her future is dismal. Hoping her grandfather’s oldest friend will take her in, Beatrice journeys north and is set upon by a band of highwaymen. All seems lost—until Sir Raynor Le Roux arrives.
Raynor nurses a broken heart as he returns to his home. He comes upon a scene of horror in the woods and rescues a beautiful woman who stirs strong emotions within him. When he learns that Lady Beatrice travels to her betrothed and is alone in the world, the code of chivalry that guides Raynor’s life compels him to escort her so that she may marry her intended.
But Beatrice has told Raynor a white lie, trying to protect herself, even as she is drawn to the handsome knight. As their growing attraction turns to love, her dishonesty stands in the way. Will Beatrice admit to her deception and tell Raynor the truth—or will this chivalrous knight turn away from the women he desires?
Join Raynor and Beatrice as they travel toward their inevitable destination of love.
Without thinking, he narrowed the distance between them and put his lips upon hers.
The anger that coursed through Beatrice stopped as Raynor pressed his mouth to hers. His scent, a mix of leather and sweat, filled her senses. Her arms fell limply to her sides as his lips brushed softly against hers, calling out to her. She opened her mouth to reply and found his tongue slipped inside. It began running along her own tongue, teasing and drawing away and then returning in a game she hadn’t known existed.
But one she was more than ready to play.
Instinctively, her arms rose and locked around his neck, pulling him closer. He responded by wrapping his hands about her waist, lifting her from the chair as if she weighed no more than a feather.
Beatrice leaned into his hard, muscled chest, taking in his heat. His tongue continued to plunder her mouth until her mind was void of any thought but this moment. Tingles of pleasure rippled through her. Large hands splayed against her back, spanning it.
And still he kissed her.
‘Twas almost more than she could bear. Her insides melted like snow did in spring. Her knees weakened. She held onto him tightly, afraid to let go, afraid he would stop. A low moan echoed in the room, and Beatrice realized that it came from her. An intense longing for something she didn’t understand but wished to lay claim to spread through her.
Suddenly, she found herself back in the chair from where she had started this journey. Raynor had put her there. He took a few steps away from her, looking confused.
Something had happened that baffled him. Had he felt the same intense feelings she’d experienced? What did they mean?
He opened his mouth, but nothing came out. Staring at her with hunger, he merely shook his head before he took another step back.
“My . . . my lady,” he whispered, his voice low and hoarse. “I . . . am . . .”
The knight struggled to find words. She longed to reach out and touch him. Beatrice wanted to stroke his cheek. She needed to place her head against his chest and listen to his beating heart.
Raynor finally found his voice. “I am sorry for the distress I’ve caused you,” he said brusquely. “It will not happen again. I give you my solemn oath.”
Before she could reply, he left the room, slamming the door behind him.
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And . . . to celebrate today’s release? I’m offering Word of Honor for FREE at Amazon February 10-14!
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