Innocence Undone by Kat Martin

By Kat Martin

Jessica Fox wasn't continually the gorgeous, composed younger lady who's the toast of the London ton. Born in poverty, Jessica wandered the streets until eventually destiny chanced on her a father or mother within the getting older Marquess of Belmore. Now, it really is destiny she tempts along with her eager for the Marquess's son, the smug and good-looking Captain Mathew Seaton.Upon his go back from the ocean, Matthew is pressured to confront the sensuous attractiveness he believes has set her points of interest at the Belmore identify. even though his brain tells him to watch out, his blood boils with concepts of luring her into his mattress. To win his love, Jessica will do something. but if wish flames and the darkish shadow of her youth lengthens, she dangers every little thing she has dreamed of in a deadly dance of denial.

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To her wild shrieks of protest, he hauled her across his lap. "I warned you," he said. " Jessie shrieked as his hand came down hard on her bottom, her tattered gray breeches little protection against the sting of his palm. " she cried out. Two, three, four. " Five, six, seven. Another child would have been pleading for him to stop. Not Jessie Fox. Matt jerked her upright and she stumbled to her feet. Huge blue eyes stared into his face. It surprised him to discover they were glazed with tears.

At last, all the years that she had studied until dawn, practiced her penmanship till her fingers ached and blisters rose on her thumb, repeated her French till her throat was raw and her voice was gone—would finally be worth the grueling effort—not that it wasn't already. Still, thinking of how different she was from the wild, filthy little termagant the captain had known, there was that one brief, sweet moment when she'd allowed herself to believe in her childish dreams. Now she knew the hard, bitter truth.

You're right, Vi. This isn't the first time the captain has seen me at my worst. " She whirled toward the tub, stripping off her filthy breeches and muddy homespun shirt, kicking off her mud-caked riding boots. In minutes she sat chin-deep in hot sudsy water, the scent of roses drifting across her skin. She washed her hair and rinsed it, then leaned back against the tub. Her ankle felt better and her headache was gone. Her courage had returned, along with a shot of determination. The steamy water began to soothe away her tension.

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