Once in the room, he closed the door behind them.
“Let’s get something straight, I brought you here and married you for business purposes. I was always upfront with those desires, was I not? Did Mrs. Selby not make you aware of that situation?”
“No. You’re right.” To calm her nerves, she ran a hand over her skirts. “I was fully aware of the circumstances and needs you have from the marriage.”
“That being said…” he closed the gap between them. “You’re a beautiful woman, and I fully intend to consummate this marriage.”
His lips crashed down upon hers and he pulled her close. He devoured her mouth.
And she craved it. It’s been so long since a man has kissed me and Robert never kissed me like this.
He finally broke the kiss, but still held her in his embrace.
She opened her eyes. Weak in the knees, she took a deep breath and regained her composure. “Am I now supposed to swoon? I’ve been kissed by a man before.”
Excerpt from Nellie by Cynthia Woolf
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