This week’s theme for My Sexy Saturday is “I’m So Sexy and there’s nothing more interesting that someone who exudes sexiness but doesn’t flaunt it.” I had to think about this theme for a bit, then it occurred to me that it fit Mara, the heroine of Rogue’s Hostage. Mara is a minister’s daughter who has no idea how sexy she seems to the French officer who took her captive. Here’s a snippet from a scene in which she gets dressed up to meet an emissary from the English army, leaving Jacques fuming.
She looked gorgeous in the damn gown.
Jacques glared at Mara, who sat across the room, flirting with the English emissary, an impossibly young-looking ensign. They spoke quietly in English, and Jacques wondered what secrets she was imparting to him. Not that the young man in the scarlet uniform was paying attention to what she said. He was obviously too dazzled by her beauty.
The deep blue of the silk brought out the color of her eyes, and the low-cut bodice made her bosom look as white as cream and as soft as down.
Jacques swore under his breath. It was inevitable that one day they would be separated. But not yet, he swore, not while he still hungered for her so.
“Stop scowling,” Alain’s voice murmured in his ear. “It’s not wise to wear your heart on your sleeve.”
“What makes you think my heart is the interested part?” Jacques quipped.
Alain roared with laughter. “Is your petit soldat at attention again? Ah, my friend, you must try not to be so obvious.”
In 1758 the Pennsylvania frontier is wild, primitive and dangerous, where safety often lies at the end of a gun. Mara Dupré’s life crumbles when a French and Indian war party attacks her cabin, kills her husband, and takes her captive. Marching through the wilderness strengthens her resolve to flee, but she doesn’t count on her captor teaching her the meaning of courage and the tempting call of desire.
French lieutenant Jacques Corbeau’s desire for his captive threatens what little honor he has left. But when Mara desperately offers herself to him in exchange for her freedom, he finds the strength to refuse and reclaims his lost self-respect. As the shadows of his past catch up to him, Jacques realizes that Mara, despite the odds, is the one true key to reclaiming his soul and banishing his past misdeeds forever.
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Linda / Lyndi