Adams, Eve - Patience is Their Virtue [Brides of Bachelor Bay 3] (Siren Publishing Ménage Everlasting)

Adams, Eve - Patience is Their Virtue [Brides of Bachelor Bay 3] (Siren Publishing Ménage Everlasting) by Eve Adams Read Free Book Online

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Authors: Eve Adams
until Mr. Steele returns.”
    Her hesitation told him that she didn’t want to, but a quick glance at how Hattie thrust out her chin at her and Patience gave Raven a reluctant nod.
    “Take him into the dining room, Patti. There’s too much commotion around here with all of the girls getting ready for church.”
    “Yes, ma’am.” Patience glided down the stairs, wearing the same ragged dress she had on that day in the garden. The rip in the hem had a mismatched patch covering it that looked like it hadn’t been sewn all the way on.
    “You look well,” Raven complimented wryly once they entered the privacy of the dining room. He waited until she sat and then took a seat next to her, close enough to smell her mouthwatering scent, a cross between sunshine and promises.
    Patience laughed and wiped at her cheeks. “I look a mess.”
    He turned so his obvious arousal for her didn’t show. Just sitting this close to her had his cock growing, his britches constricting uncomfortably, his balls tightening with want. When she pulled her bottom lip in between her teeth and bit down, he swallowed a groan.
    “I’m sorry you aren’t pleased with this arrangement. It isn’t Mr. Steele’s intent.”
    Her pretty blue-gray eyes flashed with anger. “Whether it was his intent or not, that is the way I feel.”
    Oh, yeah. She was pissed. “Perhaps if you looked at the situation differently.”
    “No need. I see it for what it is.”
    “And what is that?”
    “My hand is being forced into a loveless marriage. I’ve been traded off like a bag of flour.”
    He quirked his lips and shook his head. “I can assure you that is not in any way the truth, Miss Weber. First off, this will not be a loveless marriage. Mr. Steele cares a great deal for you, or he would not have made the offer he did. Secondly, you look nothing like a bag of flour.”
    She colored beautifully. “Thank you, but I’m not worthy of such a compliment.”
    “You most certainly are. Forgive my forwardness, but you, Patience Weber, are a very beautiful woman. We are looking forward to having you join us.”
    She whipped her head up and narrowed her all-too-perceptive gaze on him. “We? Us?”
    Shit. Shit. How was he going to recover from that comment? “I live there as well.”
    “Oh.”
    Did he detect a hint of disappointment? Interesting. Raven leaned forward and decided to see if the glitter in her brilliant eyes meant what he hoped it meant.
    He reached up and hooked a curled finger under her chin so that their gazes met. She didn’t pull away. Hell, she didn’t even shy away. She met his gaze with an intensity all her own, and the determination in her eyes made him painfully hard.
    “Tell me something,” he started, his voice low and thick with lust. “Have you ever kissed a man?”
    She colored. “That’s a rather forward question, Raven.”
    “I’m a rather forward man, Miss Weber.”
    “Patti, please.”
    He leaned closer. “Have you kissed a man before, Patti?”
    Her gaze lowered as she muttered, “Yes.”
    That didn’t slow or deter him. He moved closer yet. “Show me.”
    “Raven, I don’t think—”
    “Don’t think,” he cut in. “Just feel. Allow me to kiss you, Patti. Let me prove to you that this marriage will not be a loveless one.”
    “But won’t Adam be upset?”
    He grinned. “Quite the contrary. As his manservant there are certain obligations I must tend to. Some of them are more pleasant than others.”
    She licked her lips and her breath whispered with his. “This is highly improper.”
    “That it is. Do you want me to stop?”
    Visibly swallowing, she then shook her head.
    He took that as the invitation he needed and slid his lips over hers.
    Rather than fight him, she wrapped her arms around his neck and scooted closer to him. When she moaned, he pressed his tongue against the seam of her lips and parted them. Their tongues met and danced, and this time, the moan came from him.
    He ended the kiss with

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