By Sara Bennett

One depraved evening . . .

Lady Portia Ellerslie, dearest confidante to Queen Victoria and a girl of impeccable breeding, in most cases would not dream of dallying in Aphrodite's membership, London's so much particular and erotic bordello. yet one lonely evening she unearths whatever attractive concerning the concept of a wild come across within the infamous hothouse. wearing a bold, dangerously low-cut scarlet gown and a veil to masks her identification, she arrives on the membership able to succumb to the torrid wishes raging within her . . . and is stunned to discover herself looking at into the eyes of Marcus Worthorne, the fellow she swooned over at seventeen.

Could result in a life of ecstasy . . .

Back then, Marcus slightly knew she used to be alive, yet now he is approximately to make her such a lot wanton fantasies come actual. Portia's right lifestyles is ready to alter eternally . . . simply because for Marcus one evening with the woman in crimson might by no means be enough.

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His mouth curved into a smile. He rolled onto his back and stretched, the powerful muscles in his arms and legs tightening, and she couldn’t take her eyes off him. Portia didn’t remember moving, she didn’t remember making the choice, but the next thing she knew she was climbing on top of him, pressing herself to him, all that hard bare skin beneath her naked body. He grinned, reaching up to stroke her back, following the curve of her hips down to her rounded bottom. She felt him hard against her thighs, and with a smile of her own she bent her head and lifted her veil, just enough so she could taste his skin.

I am glad,” Portia replied. She was Britannia in widow’s weeds, just as she had said to Aphrodite. A perfect image of womanhood for others to admire and aspire to. But she wasn’t perfect. She had broken the rules. And now the memory of Marcus Worthorne was so wickedly delightful she had to lower her gaze in case the queen caught the echo of those licentious images reflected in her eyes. The things he had done to her, and she to him! Portia was quite certain she would remember them for the rest of her life.

He felt her catch her breath as he slid his arm around her waist and drew her hard against him. There was no mistaking the proof of his passion, if she needed proof. He could hear her little hitch of laughter, and then the soft warmth of her body as she leaned into him. Her A SEDUCTION IN SCARLET 53 arms twined around his neck and she pulled his head down to hers. He told himself he could see the gleam of her eyes through the veil. ” He was frustrated and couldn’t hide it. She lifted the lacy cloth, and he saw that she was smiling a teasing smile.

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