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A WARRIOR'S PASSION

"Griffydd," he repeated. "You may use my name if you like."

"Griffydd," she amended.

He shifted his weight a little and cocked his head as he regarded her. "If I am not at risk physically, I wonder how else I might be in jeopardy?"

She shrugged her slender shoulders, then gave him a shrewd look. "I believe from what you said in the hall, you already know." She hesitated a moment, suddenly unsure what she should say.

But she was determined to say something in her own defense.

"If my father implies that I am in any way a part of this trading pact," she averred, "he does so without my knowledge."

Griffydd's eyes widened slightly. "Without your knowledge?"

"Yes," she answered with a nod.

"You would warn me again something of which you claim to be ignorant."

She flushed hotly. "Surely you can guess what I meant," she said. "I do not want to be part of any offers my father might make."

"I prefer not to make assumptions, of any kind," he replied, coming closer.

In a moment, he was near enough for her to reach out and touch and she found that, despite her annoyance, her mouth had suddenly turned as dry as a salted herring.

"So, you do not approve of your father using you?"

She nodded.

"Is this a general principle by which you live, or is it that you do not approve of me?"

"It has nothing to do with you."

He raised a quizzical eyebrow. "I wonder if I should be pleased by that response, or not?"

"I do not seek to insult you, or flatter you, either," she replied firmly. "I want you to understand that, regardless of anything my father might say, I do not consider my duties to extend beyond the honorable bounds of hospitality."

"I see," the Welshman murmured, gazing at her with the merest hint of a smile. "I suppose that means that you do not intend to stay the night with me?"

"No!"

"I would have sent you away anyway," he replied solemnly. "Being a nobleman has certain responsibilities, too, especially when one is a guest. I would never assume that I would be welcomed into the bed of my host's daughter - although I must confess I have never been so tempted to forget the bounds of courtesy."

She swallowed hard, very aware that he was gazing at her face, and that she was no beauty. His words might be only flattery, and yet at his softly spoken compliment, heat poured through every limb.

She also knew she was smiling like a ninny, knew she must look besotted, but she couldn't help it. No man's words had ever meant so much to her - and surely the sincere approval she saw in his eyes could not be a trick.

He gently took hold of her shoulders and drew her close, bending lower. "Your scruples do you credit, Seona. Beautiful, beautiful Seona."

The moment his lips touched hers, she seemed to melt like wax in a molten flame. She could no more have turned away from his kiss than she could have willed the planets to stop their circling of the earth.

One of his hands brushed through her hair as the other stroked her back. Willingly, eagerly, she leaned toward him and returned his passionate kiss. His cloak opened and she splayed her hands on his broad chest, feeling it rise and lower beneath her outstretched palms.

With growing urgency, his mouth moved over hers and when his tongue pressed against her sealed lips, she answered his silent request, parting them to let his tongue slide into her warm and waiting mouth.

A low moan escaped her as he clasped her to him as if he would meld them together like beings made of clay.


This is the ninth book in Margaret's Warrior Series.

However, Margaret always writes each book to "stand alone" so if you haven't read any of the previous books in the series, you shouldn't feel lost.


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