This is where I'll be pulling seven paragraphs from some of my favorite books - an excellent chance to showcase some awesome scenes. I hope you like them as much as I do! :-)
This scene comes from KISS OF STEEL by Bec McMaster. Hiding in Whitechapel - Blade's territory - Honoria has negotiated a bargain with him - elocution lessons in trade for his protection from the Blue Bloods and other nasties lurking in the streets.
"I've an idea," he murmured innocently.
With his fingertip he traced the first slashing line of the "A" across her smooth skin. The touch was deliberately light. Her lips parted and she have a helpless little shiver.
"'A.' For arm." He returned to the start and began the soft, lush curves of the next letter. "'B.'" His gaze traveled down her throat to her bosom, and he leaned closer, his voice lowering hypnotically. "For...brow." A devilish little smile.
Honoria's eyes went out of focus as she stared at his mouth. Her breath came a little heavier and she wet her lips. "That's quite enough." But the words lacked force.
"'C.'" Another suggestive curve. "For cheek." His breath brushed against her neck as he slowly leaned closer.
Honoria trembled, like a rabbit trapped in the hunter's hand, knowing that the soothing strokes of his touch were dangerous and yet not understanding how. He sensed the struggle within her; by rights she should pull away and slap him. With the melting softness in her body, she wanted to wait and see what else he could do. Curiousity would be her downfall. There was a passionate woman beneath the starch and tightly laced stays. But she could not be won by force, only by the sweet lure of desire.
KISS OF STEEL
He craves her like no other…Honoria Todd has no choice. Only in the dreaded Whitechapel district can she escape the long reach of the Duke of Vickers. But seeking refuge there will put her straight into the hands of Blade, legendary master of the rookeries. No one would dare cross him, but what price would he demand to keep her safe?
Ever since Vickers infected him with the craving, Blade has been quicker, stronger, almost immortal—and terrified of losing control of the monster within. Honoria could be his perfect revenge against the duke…or the salvation he never dared to dream of.