by Jaye Peaches
Eighteen-year-old Nadia loathes the dreary routine of life in a convent, and though sneaking out risks earning her a firm chastisement with the prioresses’ birch, that is a small price to pay for a taste of freedom. When her father gives her a chance to leave the convent behind forever if she weds Lord Arnaud, the Baron of Uxley, she agrees to the arrangement, certain that even marrying a man twice her age is better than taking vows as a nun.
To Nadia’s shock, however, after a handsome adventurer named Edgar saves Lord Arnaud from a band of murderous robbers, as a reward for his courage Arnaud invites his rescuer to both the wedding and the wedding night. Knowing that his love for his late wife will keep him from properly consummating his new marriage, the voyeuristic baron would prefer to watch Edgar claim Nadia himself.
But when Lord Arnaud becomes convinced that Nadia has been lying about her purity, the young bride finds herself stripped bare and blushing crimson as she is made to submit to an intimate, humiliating examination in front of both Arnaud and Edgar. The exam confirms her deception, and she is punished with a painful, embarrassing spanking on her bare bottom before Edgar takes her long and hard in front of her new husband.
Despite Nadia’s shame at her body’s response to Edgar’s dominance, she can’t help wondering what it would be like to belong to him completely. But when Edgar ties her up and steals her from the baron’s home, intent on keeping her as his own, will Nadia seek to escape him or will she embrace a new life on the run as his stolen bride?
Publisher’s Note: Includes spankings, sexual scenes, medical play, anal play, exhibitionism, elements of BDSM, and more.
Genre: Historical RomancePurchase link(s): Amazon ARe iTunes Kobo B&N
Content/Theme(s): Medieval, BDSM, Spanking, D/s, Voyeurism
Release Date: March 11, 2016
Publisher: Stormy Night Publications
Excerpt & More
Beside him, Nadia rolled over and muttered in her sleep. Yellow locks of her hair tumbled over her face and he carefully brushed them aside. The mere sight of her beauty and luscious body hardened his cock. If he walked away from her, he’d never live with the agony of her absence.
Where could he take her? If he headed south, back to his father’s lands, would Arnaud pursue them and cut them down? What lengths would the wronged husband go to seek out revenge?
An idea dawned on Edgar as he scrambled off the bed: vows had been exchanged, yes, but until the couple lived as husband and wife and their flesh became one, surely, she was not Arnaud’s, but his? If he whisked her away, kept her safe some place, and they lived together, even in a rudimentary fashion, then Arnaud might annul the marriage in their absence.
Edgar knew nothing about the laws of the land. According to his father, the king constantly changed them. However, he was convinced an annulment was their escape route. If necessary, Arnaud once relieved of Nadia would find another northern virgin to marry. Would it matter whom he married as long as she was from an English family?
He hurriedly dressed and repacked his bundle. Nadia would have to wear her fine gown again until he found other more humble clothing for her. If they left soon, before the household fully rose, then they would have a head start. He would take her south, but not to Ringstead, that was too dangerous. Perhaps into the Welsh mountains or across the sea to Flanders.
Leaning over Nadia, he blew softly on her face. “Wake up, sweetheart.” He kissed her cheek.
She stretched and yawned. “Is it morning already?”
“Yes.” He offered her a beaker of weak ale. “Drink this to quench your thirst.”
“Where is Arnaud?” she asked as she took a few sips.
“Resting elsewhere, I assume. Once you fell asleep, he left the room.” He fetched her gown and lay it next to her. “Dress, quickly.”
She yawned again and slumped back on the bed. “Why? It is barely light outside.”
Edgar drew back his shoulders and hardened his voice. “I’m leaving and you’re coming with me.”
Nadia’s eyes widened into dark pools—all signs of sleepiness left her features. “What?”
“Yes, you’re not staying here in this loveless marriage. I love you, Nadia. And we are destined to be together.”
She laughed. “Oh, no. That is not possible. You have lost your mind, Edgar.”
He thrust the gown in her face. “Dress, Nadia. I’m quite sane. We’re leaving nigh.”
The smile froze on her lips, then slowly they drooped and the colour drained from her face.
Edgar, sensing her shock was overwhelming her, knelt by the side of the bed and took her hand. “Nadia. If you don’t love me and can walk away from last night without heartbreak, then I shall leave without you. But do not lie to me. If you love me, then you must come with me. I shall take you far away and when the anger of those we have offended has calmed down, your marriage to Arnaud can be annulled.”
“I am your guardian now, not your father. He lost that right when he abandoned you in that priory.”
Her lips trembled. “He loves me—”
“He wants power, not love.” Edgar squeezed her hand. “Arnaud has refused to consummate this marriage, since he cannot make his flesh one with yours, it seems. And, given you were not a virgin, he is entitled to seek annulment, too. Can you not see, my love, fate has brought us here. Since I saved Arnaud’s life, our paths have collided. Now, tell me, did you meant what you said last night? Do you love me?”
Tears welled in her eyes. She glanced about the solar. All around her were the trappings of wealth and power, whereas all Edgar could offer her was an elopement and a hard life on the road. How strong was the love she’d whispered into his ear last night?
“I do love you, Edgar, but—”
“That is all I need to know. Get dressed.”
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