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Claret LeTullie surrenders herself in wave of passion to a pirate who captures her heart. She soon discovers that this outlaw of the seas is involved in a scheme of deceit and greed that shattered her family.
Andreas has a secret from the past. Is he willing to give up his vendetta for love? Not even the enchanting Claret will detour him for continuing with his retaliation. At sea he cannot forget the lovely vixen who branded his soul and he yearns to hold her once again in his arms.
"I should ask you the same thing,â€ Claret flared. "I donâ€™t have to assume anymore about my suspicions. What I thought all along is true. I have nothing to explain to you, you... no good scoundrel. Now leave me be!â€
Claret looked away from him and leaned toward the window and yelled up at the coachman, "Please, stop this carriage and let me out.â€
"Oui,â€ the driver called out, slowing down the conveyance.
Andreas none too happy, shifted to the opposite side and called out, "I paid you well, keep going.â€ He leaned back with satisfaction showing across his face and the horses picked up speed.
He glanced at the one piece of baggage and his eyes went cold on her. "You are traveling unaccompanied. Have you already filled your pockets and fled from your devoted friend?â€
"I donâ€™t have to answer that question. Itâ€™s none of your business. I have nothing to say to you. You are the one that is cunning. How dare you try to accuse me. You and your lover are the ones who are sadly up to no good,â€ Claret spat back.
"The woman in question? She is only a casual acquaintance. It is you, darling, that is my lover.â€ He couldnâ€™t help but smile now at the golden-red hair enchantress.
Claret leaned forward and her hand swept through the air with force and landed on his face, a slap so hard that it sprung her hand back.
"Thatâ€™s enough. Never, at least... never again will I be your lover, you plundering oaf.â€
Andreas straighten and grabbed her hand and moved beside her. He embraced her shoulder with his other arm and glared into her defying eyes. "Say what you will, but your lips burned against mine, just three months ago. Admit it, my darling. You want me.â€
"Iâ€™ll admit no such a thing.â€ She noticed the red hand print from her hand on his face and held herself straight. He deserved it.
"You wonâ€™t admit it, will you? Youâ€™ve already left that man across the ocean, so what are you doing here?â€ He saw the aggravation on her face, in her voice.
"Letâ€™s talk about your morals. You have none. You get around donâ€™t you? Having an affair with my fatherâ€™s wife! Is there a scrupulous bone in your body, Andreas? I guess not. You are, after all, a no good pirate.â€
Andreas relaxed his hold on her hand, but rested his arm on the back of the seat. His eyes narrowed and he couldnâ€™t help but think that the world was a small place indeed. "Your fatherâ€™s wife?â€ he said, stunned.
She used the opportunity to wiggle away from him. "Yes. I can imagine what you were doing there!
"Felicia is your mother?â€ This surely took him by surprise. The world became smaller by the minute.
"Felicia? Hardly,â€ Claret blurted out. "You are referring to Agnes Felicia Le Tullier, the wife my father married less than three years ago. I refuse to claim her as a... stepmother.â€ Claret lowered her head and eyes.
Andreas rested a hand on the seat thumbing his fingers. "Letâ€™s get to the bottom of this. Compose yourself, my darling, for Iâ€™ll not let you get away until we have this hashed out,â€ he stated firmly and meant it.
Claret kicked Andreas.
He felt the brunt of all the force that she could give from a sitting position. Andreas snatched her arm with a firm hold. "Your manners have not improved. Settle down, darling, after we discuss this you may go about your business. Claret, you know me well enough to know that I mean what I say.â€
I like to travel, fish, and enjoy the outdoors and taking pictures of the wildlife. Boat riding in the Louisiana swamps and bayous, hiking in the woods in Mississippi and traveling presents me with colorful palates to take photos of, paint and inspire my creative writing. A picture says a thousand words.
Connie Rachal's Historical Romance, BRIDE OF PASSION, contains irresistible and
engaging characters, a sweet romance, lots of intrigue and action, and a
wonderful plot that promises lots of twists and turns from start to finish. -- A truly wonderful read!, Tammy Riviere, Author of "FIGURE 8" , A Romantic Suspense, Available from: www.wingsepress
Book Publisher: Wings e Press
No. of Pages: 301
Paper Weight (lb): 12.6
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