female moving toward him, her hips swaying in unconscious provocative
enticement, her long hair shining in the artificial light, was just
as unpredictable now as she had been when they were children. Of
all the things Damon Le Clerc expected—a lecture, disapproval,
a probably well-deserved scathing look from those spectacular green
eyes, what he didn’t expect was an order to kiss her.
that he minded, but he was confused. “What?”
when a few days ago the surveillance system malfunctioned?”
Willowy, with hair the color of a pale gold moon and perfect full
breasts under the silken folds of her gown, Jayla kept her tone
low. Her slim shoulders radiated tension. “It broadcast the
view of one door into a janitorial area on every screen across the
entire palace for several hours before they could fix it. The problem
was pinpointed and taken care of. I bribed the technician who figured
it out to do it again from this monitor.” She pointed to the
corner of the room. “In about two seconds. Hurry.”
So if he kissed her, everyone who mattered would see it. The queen,
her cabinet, his father, the guards…everyone who mattered.
like you mean it…
been waiting for this opportunity his entire adult life. It wasn’t
likely he’d let it pass by, especially with his future disintegrating
like an unstable planet breaking apart. “What will this accomplish?”
he asked, closing the distance between them and staring down into
her face. “Your mother will be more angry than ever over yet
another transgression. I—”
up and do it.” Jayla tilted her head back and caught his tunic,
tugging him toward her. Eyes the color of pure Earth emeralds were
hint of desperation in her voice gave him pause, but it was fleeting.
She had the most beautiful mouth. He’d thought about it far
too often for his peace of mind, dreamt about it during restless
nights, and it was a tempting short space away.
was fucked anyway, he reminded himself wryly, and though kissing
the princess was not going to endear him to a government that currently
wanted his blood, he wasn’t sure it was going to make his
position all that worse either. Damon put one hand at Jayla’s
slender waist, the other at her nape, and lowered his head to follow
royal orders, which was not something he was in the habit of doing
damn if he didn’t want this kiss more than his freedom.
took him about three long heartbeats to realize she’d never
been kissed before. Actually, he wasn’t surprised. She was
guarded pretty much everywhere she went and there was definite protocol
over approaching the princess. Jayla stiffened when he traced the
line of her closed lips with his tongue, and he could feel her shock
when he got his way and began to explore her mouth.
tasted sweet, like innocence and perfect seductive female.
forgot about the monitor.
forgot about everything.
kissed her. And kissed her. Kept her close, warm against him, his
arm wrapped around the small of her back, her body imprisoned in
his embrace. Her breasts, warm and pliant, pressed against his chest
and he tangled his fingers in her hair.
was a convincing performance he was sure, because it certainly had
an effect on him. He could feel the surge of arousal, his cock stiffened,
and when Jayla’s fingers tightened on his biceps, he could
tell she felt it too, pressed as she was so intimately against him.
what you do best, something outrageous,” she whispered in
a low hiss when he broke the kiss to take a long breath. “Something
so they would never think we know the monitors are showing us. If
anyone guesses we planned this, it won’t work.”
was going to work was the charges were going to be upped from treasonous
activity to whatever else they could throw at him because the queen
protected her daughter with fierce security, and last he knew, there
were negotiations going on for a marriage with the son of the governor
of Minoa, the most powerful colony in the Interstellar Federation.
He still wasn’t sure what this display was going to accomplish,
but he was hardly going to pass up a chance to play out one of his
very vivid fantasies. He kissed her again, gratified when she participated
with flattering enthusiasm, her tongue shyly brushing into his mouth.
He slid one hand upward and, in a deft movement, caught the strap
of her gown and pulled just enough.
her bared breast filled his palm, he felt her stiffen in his embrace
and he swallowed her gasp of protest.
asked for outrageous, hadn’t she? Though he was pretty sure
she hadn’t meant being exposed before the entire palace. Worth
it, his brain whispered, so worth it. Even if I rot in this cell
supple warm weight in his hand was everything he’d ever imagined—and
he had, many, many times. Full, firm yet yielding, with a soft pink
nipple that tightened as he stroked it so he knew she wasn’t
door swooshed open, shattering the moment. Jayla gave a convincing
cry of dismay and pulled away, jerking her gown back up to cover
that luscious perfect breast. The red spots high on her delicate
cheekbones weren’t feigned as she whirled to face the doorway.
She wasn’t alone in being exposed, Damon thought with ironic
humor, for the loose-fitting, lightweight pants they’d issued
him when he was imprisoned didn’t do much to hide his erection.
sure as hell hoped Jayla’s plan, whatever it might be, worked.
Not only did he have an aching hard-on now with no promise of sexual
relief on his horizon, but half the planet knew it.
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