The Promise in a Kiss (A Cynster Christmas Special)

By Stephanie Laurens

What could you do in case you have been kissed by means of the main good-looking stranger you'll ever obvious? And what if that guy used to be a Cynster?

Every girl—even convent-educated ones—dreams of forbidden kisses. So while a guy actually falls at Helena's toes as she's jogging during the courtyard one moonlit Christmas Eve, the gorgeous, younger comtesse d'Lisle is aware he is as much as no strong. he is in actual fact a piece dangerous... and clearly stuck in the midst of a clandestine rendezvous. Why else may he have risked his neck and jumped out of a window into the snow?

It's improper, it really is outlandish . . . and it is the such a lot completely romantic gesture she's ever noticeable. So while the great sisters rush up, challenging to understand ifshe has visible a guy at the grounds, Helena ignores the years of strict upbringing that insist she display his presence.

To lie will be a sin, yet 'no you will be stable all of the time.

As a present for her silence, the stranger takes her in his palms and enticingly, unforgettably kisses her—and then departs, leaving a lingering if unstated promise of all that would be, may still destiny decree that they meet back. even though Helena does not understand it, her wild Englishman is Sebastian Cynster, Duke of St. Ives, a nobleman who will turn out to be her destiny.

Seven years later, Helena has been reworked from a good looking schoolgirl to an aristocratic attractiveness. Her glowing wit has made her wanted by means of London's hostesses; her enormous dowry has made successful her hand the purpose of many a gentleman . . . yet she is deadeningly conscious of how boring such a lot of ofthese gents are.

Her manipulative parent has all of sudden allowed her to discover a husband of her personal deciding upon, and he or she has no purpose of marrying any guy who attempts to tame her. There needs to be somebody excellent for her . . . a person who can dwell as much as the promise ofthat long-ago kiss.

Then, at a ball, destiny moves. once more, it's the Christmas season, and around the crowded room Helena stands transfixed . . . for there's the fellow whose kiss she hasn't ever forgotten, the fellow of her reminiscence whom no different has ever been in a position to supplant. Her wild, mysterious Englishman, Sebastian Cynster, Duke of St. Ives.

One glance, and he is decided to reclaim her . . . .

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His lips twisted, part wry smile, part grimace. “If you're a pawn, mignonne, so am I, and it truly is a few larger strength that strikes us in this earthly board. ” Helena thought of for one minute extra, then drew breath and nodded. “Very good. but when you're not to seduce me en effet, then what . . . ? ” She raised her fingers, fingers up, ignoring the sunshine seize of his. He replaced his grip, took her fingers in his. She observed his smile sunrise back, nonetheless predatory, nonetheless too attention-grabbing for her peace of brain. “The song will finish quickly.

She was once too tired, too exhausted to fathom his which means. Then he lifted her hand, grew to become it, pressed his lips to the purpose the place her pulse fluttered at her wrist. enable his lips linger till she felt the warmth movement. elevating his head, he published her. “Sweet goals, mignonne. ” She nodded, bobbed a curtsy, then walked to the door. A footman opened it; she sailed via. The door close softly at the back of her; simply then used to be she freed from Sebastian’s gaze. short of not anything greater than a pillow on which to put her aching head and the privateness to ease her heavy middle, to unlock her pent-up emotions, she climbed the steps, crossed the gallery, and headed down the hall to her room.

Bon soir, my pricey. ” How such uncomplicated, blameless phrases might be made to sound so depraved was once a secret. used to be it the sunshine in his blue eyes, the seductive tenor of his voice, or the reined energy in his contact? Helena didn’t comprehend, yet she didn't approve of getting her sensual strings so skillfully plucked. yet she endured to grin, and allow him stand through her aspect and subscribe to them. whilst the gang dispersed to mingle, she dallied. She knew he used to be observing, regularly alert. whilst, after a fractional hesitation, he provided his hand, she laid her palms throughout his with a real smile.

Phillipe led the way in which as directed; they flitted in his wake like ghosts. that they had to climb the most stairs; Helena breathed more uncomplicated once they reached the head and entered the lengthy gallery. The moon had eventually risen. Silver mild poured throughout the many lengthy home windows, mercilously illuminating the lengthy room. She and Sebastian hugged the internal wall as they Phillipe, who at Sebastian’s wave moved quickly during the gallery. They slowed back as they entered the maze of corridors past. Helena’s pressure eased as panic left her and eagerness and anticipation took carry.

Sure, as you're to me. As i'm to you. ” having a look around the backyard, she compelled herself to assert, her voice quiet, transparent, “You by no means wanted to marry, might be since you by no means wanted to be sure, as you'll be if we wed. If we marry, you'll by no means be free—the chains will continually be there, preserving us, linking us. ” “And what of you? ” His voice used to be deep, low. “Will you no longer be both certain, both snared? ” Her lips curved fractionally. “You comprehend the reply. ” She glanced at him, met his blue gaze. “Regardless of even if we marry or no longer, i'm going to continually be yours.

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