Tales of the Highwaymen, 1
Eloise thought being whisked to another dimension by a handsome man would be a fantasy come true, but the gorgeous nobleman in question can’t even make her come. As she tries to figure out how to free herself of him, she begins to notice a masked man following her wherever she goes.
In this world of lords and ladies, should she be afraid when this dashing highwayman rides up and demands that she be delivered into his arms? Her brain tells her to be wary, but her body tells her that the ultimate fantasy might be within reach after all…
Adam watched Eloise closely. They were in one of the bedrooms of the abandoned Trancy manor, which served as Gerard’s home and headquarters. He had tied her, very loosely, to a chair with silk scarves. She’d made no effort to free herself. The looks she’d given him and the heaving of her breasts told him she was aroused, but he could tell she was embarrassed by it and trying to fight it.
“You aren’t screaming or trying to run away, my lady. I believe you’ve been looking forward to this meeting.”
She searched his eyes. “You’re no ordinary highwayman. I know your voice. You must have been at one of Theodore’s parties.”
Though he was glad she at least knew his voice, it bruised his ego a bit she couldn’t properly place it. “You’re right. I have only been a highwayman for a month. And there is only one treasure I have wanted to steal.”
Her eyes widened. “Really?”
He walked over to her and caressed her cheek, enjoying the feel of her trembling. “Yes.”
“There are easier ways to attract a lady’s attention.”
He went down on one knee and cupped her cheek more fully. “Like this?” He captured her lips, taking advantage of her gasp to fully ravish her mouth. She stiffened, but he held fast, and soon she melted in the embrace. She was breathless when he let her go.
The game he was now playing seemed to arouse her even more. “I believe I have your attention now.” He dipped his head down to kiss her neck. Then lower. He tightened his grip on her shoulder as his lips neared her breasts. Her heart pounded in her chest as his lips caressed the tops of the soft mounds. “Are you frightened, my lady?”
“That is a trick question.”
He looked up at her. “Is it?”
“You’re very good at seduction, but you’re also a kidnapper.” She took a labored breath. “And I’m a goddamned fool for not wanting you to stop.”
He laughed, though he could see in her eyes that she was a little afraid, despite her body’s reaction to him. “Perhaps, Eloise, your heart knows you shouldn’t fear me. Don’t be angry at my little deception.” He untied his mask and let it slip from his face.
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Posted by The TBR Pile on 24th Feb 2013
This is a great plot idea. I really thought the premise was interesting. The characters were well written but not exactly memorable. Maybe because they needed to be flesh out more. Still, Eloise was a great character who handled being ‘pulled’ through the painting better than I would have. I like the fantasy element mixed with a bit of historical beauty. The romance, of course, was smoking hot. I’d like to continue the series to see what else this world holds.
For the good price, I’d definitely recommend picking this up.
Stand and Deliver does indeed deliver a romantic tale.
Posted by TRR on 23rd Jan 2013
Oh, to be taken by a highwayman. It's a romantic fantasy for many, but I've never read of it being carried out in such an amusing way before!
Eloise, a grant writer in a museum, was intrigued by an eighteenth century portrait of a handsome nobleman. She knew better than to touch the canvas, but the gentleman's eyes seemed to beckon her. That's how she got sucked into an alternate dimension where it's the eighteenth century in a place called Melara. She's now engaged to the handsome gent, and she's discovered he's not the hero his portrait and her imagination enticed her to believe he'd be. And, did I mention that the recently, if unhappily, engaged Eloise is constantly being stalked by a highwayman and she's fantasizing he'll hold up her fiancé's carriage and steal her away?
I really can't tell you more of the humorous plot devices utilized by Marie Medina without giving this fun tale away, but the plot is creative and really rather unique when all the individual plot devices are taken as a whole. This is a short, light romantic tale that doesn't delve deep into character development and plotting, but it has fairy tale qualities that make it easy to like this lightly spiced romp in a tongue-in-cheek sort of way. My verdict: It's fluffy like marshmallow crème, but with a bit of a lusty little kick.
Posted by Angie on 8th Jan 2013
I really enjoyed this book. It was a quick read but it kept my attention. I really enjoyed Adam and Eloise!