Pursued by kidnappers, Lady Tessa Woodward is running for her life. When handsome Captain Jeremy Williams comes to her rescue in the backstreets of Paris, she persuades him to help her escape France and return to her home in England.
Captain Jeremy Williams is captivated by Lady Tessa's fiery nature and agrees to give her passage aboard his ship. Once on board, his desire grows and soon reveals a sensual side to the woman he can’t deny. But when danger threatens his lady, will the captain dare all to save her?
Excerpt from Chapter One
Tessa raced through the busy Paris streets, dodging pedestrians and horses. As thick skirts tangled in her legs, she grappled with her gown and petticoats, lifting them away from her ankles. The cool evening air whipped up her skirts, anyone watching could catch a glimpse of her stocking clad legs. But she didn’t care a fig about propriety right now.
She needed to get away. She needed to run. How could she escape the evil that chased her? Why wouldn’t anyone stop to help?
Each person she passed looked on, ignoring her plight. She couldn’t risk stopping to ask for help. Judging from their indifferent expressions, the people would not assist her in any case. Her shoes pinched her toes as she ran. Slippers certainly weren’t ideal for this race. She tripped over a crack in the cobblestone and lurched forward. Bracing her arms for a fall, she scrambled to catch her bearings, and crossed herself when she didn’t tumble.
The waning light made it harder to see where she was headed. The gas street lamps had yet to be lit and dusk was well on its way. Soon she wouldn’t be able to see anything in front of her. Where would she go then?
Ragged breaths wracked her body in spurts, and her heart pounded in tune with the relentless feet hitting the pavement behind her. Why were they after her? Fear chilled her to the bones and had her heart in a death grip. Her mouth was dry, and her lips felt like they might crack. She bit the inside of her cheek and willed herself to go on. She couldn’t stop now. There was no telling what they wanted from her, and if she’d even survive to find out.
Taking a sharp turn at an intersection, she hurried to duck into the nearest alley.
She pitched headlong into near blackness and ran to the end of the alley. Brick walls surrounded her on three sides. And the fourth side—that would only end in her capture.
Read the other novellas in the Men of the Sea series!
Book One: HER CAPTAIN RETURNS
Book Two: HER CAPTAIN SURRENDERS