Thanks for coming back for the last snippet from our villein theme on Medieval Monday. I hope you've enjoyed reading all the different authors' takes on a "villein". I like them pretty rotten and today I'm finishing up with my own villein from The Gentle Knight whose name is Ivan aka "the little man"In this snippet, Peter has not quite figured out their. Perhaps it's his intense attraction to her that's making him offend rather than protect ;) Enjoy!
Brighit drank from her cup, watching him over the rim. She placed her mug on the table beside the knife then glanced over at Ivan. Peter did the same before turning back to her.
The little man dropped his head to slurp his soup as if he'd not eaten for a week.
"Do not vex yourself," Peter said.
"I am under his protection." Although she kept her face down now, her eyes widened at the word protection.
He couldn't resist asking. "And is that all?"
Her eyes widened then narrowed into little slits of unspoken indignation. Her entire expression closed down. When he offered her more meat, she held up her palm, then turned away.
She sat perfectly still—stiff as the wooden plank she sat on. Her shoulders pressed back. Her chin in that ever-so-defiant tilt. Her full breasts pressing against the coarse material of her sack-like kirtle. Her nipples puckering beneath his gaze. Large, rosy nipples if he remembered correctly.
"How soon could she arrive?" Peter asked the innkeeper's wife.
BLURB: Brighit MacNaughton is an obedient daughter following her father's death bed decree that she take her vows and become the virginal bride of Christ. The hired men seeing her to the Priory at Tanshelf are more interested in the building resentment against the English king than her safety. But when the handsome Norman knight offers his protection against the lecherous mercenaries, he sparks her passion with his gentle touch and smoldering looks of desire, reminding her of dreams best forgotten.
Can one night with him quench the intense need in her or will it cause the fire to burn out of control?
Peter of Normandy is a trusted knight of King William, sent north to subdue the unrest and rumblings of revolt at York. Giving aid to an Irish princess more noble than many knights, he is quickly overcome with the need to possess her. With a body meant for a man's pleasure and an unrelenting stubbornness to follow her father's wishes, he struggles against giving her what she wants if it can only be for one night.
Will one night of passion prove to be enough or will it unleash an insatiable need that makes him never want to let her go?
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