Guess what? Jennifer Bray-Weber has left us with another yummy excerpt. I have to say, pirates are giving the vampires a run for their money this week on Sealed with a Kiss. I'm sure we can handle it though, what do you all think? I'm not going to hem-haw around, so let's get this ship on the road...or water or ocean or whatever it takes to get to the excerpt.....
(Award-winning Novel) Although Lianna Whitney was gently bred, she must now empty slop buckets and fight off randy sailors in a seaport tavern to survive. One night, she unexpectedly comes into possession of a golden medallion. But when the man who left it with her is immediately murdered by soldiers of the Royal Navy, she’s afraid to admit she has it. Unsure who to trust, she’s caught up in crossfire between navy officers and a pirate captain, who, realizing she possesses the object he’s been paid to find, whisks her away to his ship during the fight.
Privateer Captain Zane Fox is not interested in the mystical healing powers the medallion is said to hold, even though the legends claim it can bring a dying man back to life. He only plans to procure the medallion, drop the chit off at the next port where she’ll be safe, and collect the money he was promised. However, as they fend off storms at sea and attempt to outrun the Royal Navy, the two are also fighting the attraction they feel for one another. But when they are captured, Zane must choose between recovering the medallion and saving Lianna from the noose. And soon it becomes clear to him that the medallion is not the only treasure worth risking his life for.
“That was quite a display out there.” He let on that he had seen more than he should’ve allowed. Indeed, he probably had watched her from the time she set foot on the ship’s waist, thoroughly amused by her chaffing his men.
She put the cool rag to her eye. “Well, one does what one must to stay alive. Got to show them who’s boss.”
Zane leaned against the dresser, watching her dab the wet rag to her eye. “Aye, those ropes are vicious.” He chuckled.
“How is your eye?” He pulled her hand away and winced. “Oh.”
Wonderful, she thought. My eye looks like a rotten goose egg and he’s grimacing. She couldn’t fathom why she would care how she looked to him. But she did.
“Why should you give it a moment’s thought?” She stood, squaring off at him. “Are you not ready to dispatch of me?”
“You are still in possession of the medallion,” he said.
“And now you have come to relieve me of my burden.” Her reply came crisp and dry.
“I should be most pleased to unburden you of all your encumbrances.” He smiled wickedly as he hooked his finger into her bodice, tugging her nearer to him.
Lianna squirmed under the warmth that seemed to suddenly manifest in her lower belly. He drifted so near. His musky skin filled her senses, mesmerizing her. He stared at her in a way that no man had before. Hungry. Keenly hungry. She wanted to scream, break free from him, but she couldn’t move. He possessed her. Lightly, he skimmed the back of his fingertips across her cheek. Desire heated a rhythmic pounding deep within her. His lips were slightly parted and oh, so inviting. She wished to taste them. He bent his head and she closed her eye, the other one already sealed shut, anticipating his kiss. Instead, he deftly reached into her dress, pulling out the medallion by its chain. He stepped back and smugly held up the pendant.
Lianna stood, openmouthed, in shock. He hadn’t kissed her. She was such a buffoon. A complete fool. He lured her in so he could get the pendant. And she fell for it. Her cheeks burned. She was mortified. Mortified and growing angrier by the second.
“Scoundrel. You despicable scoundrel,” she snarled.
“Now, Miss Whitney, let’s not resort to name calling. You had no intentions of handing The Serpent over to me without a fight. I merely saved you from hurting yourself further.”
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