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Keeper of the Stone (Norman Brides) (Volume 1)

Wood, Lynn

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Title: Keeper of the Stone (Norman Brides) (Volume ...

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A young Saxon maid. A fierce Norman knight. Can a young maiden's gentle surrender quell the fires raging in the heart of her Norman captor? Captured by the brutal Norman invaders who stole her home, Lady Rhiann is taken to London and wed to the king's loyal vassal, Nathan. Now as she waits in her new husband's quarters for the true consummation of her fateful choice, Rhiann fights her terror at the prospect of the night ahead. She wonders if a man who has spent his life surrounded by war and destruction learn to love? Is it safe to trust her heart and her secrets to him? Prologue: The queen’s prediction proved accurate. The heavy door barely closed behind Matilda when Rhiann heard it creak open again. She stood in front of the hearth trying to draw ragged breaths into her suddenly tight throat. She refused to turn around; hoping a few more moments would help her gather her courage to face the terror of the night ahead. Nathan stepped into his room and closed the door behind him, sliding the wood latch into place to bar any interruptions. He saw his wife stiffen at his entrance. He drew in a deep breath in an attempt to calm his raging needs. His bride’s slender form was outlined by the light from the fire. The see-through gown did little to hide her naked body from his avid gaze. He needed to gather his discipline before she turned to face him, lest he terrify her with his lustful intent. He drew a steadying breath, willing his thudding heart to slow down. He was never going to be able to summon the patience he was certain would be needed to gain his bride’s trust if he couldn’t clear his head and slow his body’s incessant urging to take the maid and have done with it. “Rhiann.” Her name echoed in the hushed silence of the room. Reluctantly Rhiann turned to face the man who was now her husband. Her arms were wrapped around her stomach in a protective gesture and in what she knew was a foolish attempt to cover herself as much as possible. The way Nathan’s glance raked over her she recognized she would be defenseless against his greater strength. Just as she was unable to stop the Norman siege on Heaven’s Crest, she would be unable to prevent her husband’s assault on her virgin’s body. She shivered involuntarily at the thought of what was to come. Not wanting to give the terror his bride was unable to hide from him a chance to take hold, Nathan held her glance and demanded, “Come to me, wife.” He winced at the sound of his harsh command in the silence of the room. He was already struggling to contain his raging desire. He suspected his self-control would be tested tonight in a way he was never tested before. When his innocent wife took an instinctive step back towards the heat of the fire he could almost believe from the blind panic he read in her eyes she found going up in flames a more preferable option to a night spent in his bed. Hoping not to push her any further, he added softly, “Do you remember your vows to the priest?” She nodded reluctantly. “Do you intend to keep them?” He watched the flash of annoyance at his gentle reminder flare across his gentle bride’s face a moment before she swallowed nervously and took a hesitant step forward. Nathan stayed where he was by the door. It was important to both of them she come to him willingly.

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