Iron Wolf, however, came back up to his knees and took her by the shoulders, and, setting her against him once more, he brought her in so closely to him that he could feel her soft curves against him. And, he practically wept with frustration.
He knew he could have made love to her right then. He wanted to; he was ready to. But he had other intentions toward her, also. He wanted her to burn for him, to be so frustrated by not making love to him, that she would be forever desiring him.
And then he would walk away from her, the victor.
But why? asked a tiny voice within him.
Hau, hau, why indeed? For a reason he didn’t understand, this well-devised plan of his to frustrate her seemed suddenly silly.
He put his arms around her and bent his head in toward her, blowing his breath against her hair. He said, “Do you feel my desire for you?”
“Perhaps I shouldn’t tell you this, but it had been my plan to cause you great frustration—to cause you to desire me so bad that you would do most anything I would ask of you. I had thought to count coup on you by never allowing your desire to come to its proper end. Now, that seems a foolish idea.”
“Oh? Does this mean you desire to count coup on me in a different way, then?”
“Hau. I think now I should simply take you in lust and count coup on you so that you will never marry that man. Or if you do, you would be so disgraced that you would forever think of me whenever you were with him.”
“I see. That’s what this is about, then. You wish to take me away from Nathaniel?”
She sighed and brought her arms up to reach around his neck. Raising her face toward his, she murmured, “Then do it. I’m not stopping you.”
All at once, he realized it was true. She was not putting him at arm’s distance; she was not fighting him. But still, he felt compelled to mock her, and he said, “I will not be doing this because I love you.”
“Good. Because neither will I.”
He shut his eyes as he realized that whether he loved her or lusted after her, he had suddenly become a very lucky man this night.
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Iron Wolf’s Bride (The Wild West Series Book 2) by Karen Kay
I will return to you, my love…
Jane Glenforest’s father believed she was too young to marry, so he’d stolen her and her newborn son away from the handsome Assiniboine Indian she’d wed and taken her to Surrey, England. In spite of divorce papers and rumors he’s wed another, Jane’s never forgotten the man who’d stolen her heart and given her son legitimacy. When Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show comes to England—bringing her ex-husband with it—Jane’s curious to see her lost love, in spite of her new fiancé.
Although Iron Wolf’s purpose in working for Bill Cody’s Wild West show is to fulfill his father’s vision to find and stop a deceiver, he fell in love with and married Jane Glenforest. But, no sooner had Jane given birth than her father stole her away. Now, a few years later, Iron Wolf is arriving in England with the hope of rekindling the love he once shared with Jane. However, instead of love, he finds his wife loathes him, believing he has married another. And, when he discovers she is engaged to another man, he declares war on both her and the fiancé.
But when their son is kidnapped, Jane and Iron Wolf must work together to rescue him. And, as danger escalates, they discover trusting each other might be the only way to save their son. Will Jane and Iron Wolf learn to forgive one another, to reignite the embers of a passion that never died, or will the lies of a deceiver destroy their love forever?
Warning: Rediscovered love might cause sleepless nights spent in the arms of one’s true love.