"Her soft tongue grazed his cheek. Justain wasted no time in enfolding her in his embrace. He'd been tempting her this past week, finding ways to hold her hand during their isolated travels. He'd stroke her hair for no reason.
Madeline's lips slipped to his neck.
He groaned and lifted her head. "What is it that you want of me, Madeline? I'm your humble servant."
She smoothed the crush of her fushia gown."Everything, but you'll only give this much." Madeline motioned with her fingers an inch.
He patted her hand down to the blanket. "You don't think that you'll win everything or that I'm not capable of giving more?"
"It's getting late. We should settle in for the evening." She started searching for her crutch.
He sat up and pushed the staff from her reach. "Answer my question."
"You hide me notes that speak of unveiled emotions. That's not you. You're restrained, even in the way you kiss me." Madeline set the dishes back into their basket. "I believe you will always hide parts of yourself from me. You don't trust me enough."
"Trust?" He shook his head. "My sending you notes has nothing to do with trust."
"You're right." Madeline put a final plate away. "Your heart has too many defenses. My knight bears too much armour."
"Well, a man needs to know when his attention is wanted. You should speak of your desires."
"Why, for you to kiss me on the forehead? Pat my head like a good girl." She tossed a mug into the basket. It clanged as it banged against the other dishes. "Sorry, I guess I hoped there was more to it. The poets make a kiss sound grand."
Excellent. Madeline felt frustrated. Justain untied the ribbons of her bonnet and tossed the hat to the blanket. "I've never thoroughly kissed you, Madeline."
The heart-shaped face studied him. She narrowed her eyes. "Thoroughly?"
His words must have puzzled her, but if he was to do this now it must be right. "May I?"
Madeline nodded her consent.
He flicked away the pins of her chignon to free the bundled tresses. Then, gripping her shoulders, he drew her back into his arms and nibbled the edge of her jaw. "The poets don't lie." His lips covered hers. Tasting and nipping, he found his reward, the moist temptation of her deepest kiss.
Trailing his fingers down her back to encourage her, he felt her temple. Should he relent?
Her flailing hands settled on the space between his shoulders. She tightened her grip and pressed further into his embrace. Madeline saught his mouth with urgency, matching his intensity.
Justain pulled her to his chest as he sank against the heavy wool.
She touched his face and smooth away wisps of hair drizzling down his cheek, then reclaimed his lips.
His thoughts spun. Strawberry fragrance swirled around him.Justain hadn't expected Madeline to be this warm, this inviting. Who was being seduced?
This was too public a place to conceive a Delveaux heir, but would her exploring mood last if he moved them indoors? "Madeline, we should go in before it gets dark."
"Not yet." Her thumbs twisted in the tails of his cravat, yanking it asunder. She lingered about his Adam's apple before returning to his mouth.
The measured pacing of their romance erupted in flames. She was kindling wooc, and her warmth blazed his skin.
He wrapped his arms about her tightly. "Shall we retire for the evening?"
She abruptly pulled back. Her large eyes seemed filled with questions. No, she wasn't quite ready to surrender.
He released her, sat up, and closed the basket. "We have a long ride tomorrow. I suppose I should get you settled into your room?"
"Yes, I think that's best.""
After her mother's death, Madeline St. James grew up in constant fighting and bickering between her father and step-mother. Before leaving to stay with her aunt, Lady Cecil Glaston, she was attacked by her step-mother's brother. She has known nothing but heartache for years and her only illusions of love are gathered from the poems she reads. When her purse is stolen and Justain Delveaux comes to her aid, it starts a series of events that lead them to marriage. While Madeline has come to care for Justain, she has her doubts he could ever love her. Not only does she fight to save his soul, she fights to win his love.
After the death of his father and, most recently his brother, Justain Delveaux is fighting to restore his family's estate and assests. He is constantly on lookout for the tirrants that are trying to kill him, or so he thinks. After so much devestation in his life he turns to alcohol to soothe his spirit, not realizing only God can soothe the wounds and hurts he carries with him at all times. When he helps a distressed Madeline, he never imagines their paths will forever become joined. But he soons comes to realize that he loves Madeline and wants forever to be Madeline's Protector.
Madeline's Protector was a very enjoyable book. Vanessa Riley stayed true to the history of the "Ton" or "The Society of London". She wove together an exciting romance and suspense all in one. As they say" The Plot Thickens". In Madeline's Protector you never really knew what to expect next. It kept you guessing with the turn of every page. The romance between Madeline and Justain was a battle that was fought hard all the way to the end. Neither knew how to trust and put their demons aside, but God brought them together and healed their wounds. A great read! If you like regency romance, you'll like Madeline's Protector!
Madeline's Protector is love tale like no other. While I enjoyed the unique story plot, I though it was hard to follow along. From start to finish I was uncertain of the plot. I did enjoy the strong sense of spirituality the main character, Madeline, reflected. I did enjoy the mystery, suspense and the romance aspect to the story.
I hope the author continues her writing career. As usual we all need improvement, and I would love to see how she improves in her writing. I received an advanced readers copy, it was bound with a spiral which I enjoyed the easy use and automatic place marker it made.
I received a complimentary copy from, First Wild Card Tour, in exchange for this independent and unbiased review.
After being accosted by a nephew of her Step-Mother's, Madeline is heading to her Aunts for seclusion and hiding. When her carriage breaks down, and a thief relieves her of her purse, she is befriended by Justain Delveaux, or Lord Devonshire. Her misfortune doesn't stop there...then Justain's Coach is attacked.
Once they are rescued and Justain gets her to her Aunt, the Aunt tells him that he has compromised Maddie's Honor, by spending a night in a cave. Never mind he saved her life!
This story has a lot of twists and turns. Justain, has some growing up to do and need to rely in God's Will. Madeline has a great Love of the Lord, and tries to follow his will in all things. Come on a ride of old England, we travel the country side and old estates. There are some good surprises along the way, and some rather scary. Enjoy!!
I received this book through First Wildcard Book Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.
Madeline's Protector was a great adventure full of mystery, suspense and romance. Madeline, a young woman of faith has suffered not only the loss of her beloved mother,a life with an unloving step-mother, but most recently a physical attack from a would be suitor. Fleeing from her circumstances her and Lord Devonshire cross paths, and here the adventure begins.
I enjoyed this book from start to finish and highly recommend it to anyone looking for a great Regency read. I will definitely be watching for future novels from Vanessa Riley.
I received this book from Bookfun.org in exchange for my fair and honest opinion.
I really struggle to get into this book; I did not feel the chemistry between the main characters. The conflict between the two characters was drag out too long; in the future the author needs less conflict and more romance. Justain was horrible at times.
I receive a free copy of this book courtesy of TBCN for my honest opinion.