“What is troubling you?”
“Nothing,” she lied unconvincingly. “I simply wondered why you wanted me here…with you.”
His eyes turned to ebony, though his voice revealed no hint of his thoughts. “Come on deck with me.”
He took her hand within his own, his features void of feeling save for the foreboding darkness in his eyes.
“Should I plan to throw myself overboard?”
“Is that what a respectable lady would do? Do you yearn to be respectable, Catherine?”
He caressed her name with his low growl just as he’d caressed her flesh with his touch. She shivered as the low note of desire in his tone brought tiny tremors of response that made the hairs on the back of her neck stand up.
She forced herself to ignore the sensations he’d ignited within her, but Jason Kane would not be so easily deterred. Leaning toward her, he brushed her fingers with his lips. He smelled of shaving soap and the sea, and it was all she could do not to throw her arms around his neck and press her body close to his.
“Never, love. You are ripened to perfection.” He entwined her arm with his own. “Come with me. The ocean mist and the warmth of the sun will stir your senses.”
The heat of his breath against her nape weakened any resistance she might have shown. Slanting him a glance, she cursed her own weakness. If only she hated him, she might have a chance of surviving this torment. If she dreamed of a time when she was no longer his prisoner, a time when she would resume the quiet life she’d led as a merchant’s daughter, she could endure this.
But one look from him and she would willingly submit to his every desire. She doubted even he realized how complete his conquest had been.
It wasn’t possible she’d fallen in love with him. She forbade herself to even consider the idea. No, his hold on her was physical. He’d lured her body into responses she’d never believed possible, and now, like a drunkard who craves wine above all else, she longed for him. At any cost.
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