Guest author Marie Lavender visits the blog today with new release, Upon Your Honor, #historicalromance

Deception is a dangerous path…

New York City, August, 1891 – Orphaned after the death of her father, Chloe Waverly stows away on La Voyageur to escape the clutches of her cruel fiancé, Lamonte Beckett. Gabriel Hill, a strange and compelling gentleman, comes upon Chloe and promises to protect her without knowing the true circumstances of why she is running away. During their journey, Gabriel doesn’t bargain on being distracted by her fair beauty or succumbing to her many charms. As their attraction to each other grows, so does the danger and Gabriel suspects things are not as they should be.

Both are determined to get to New Orleans, where she can start a new life. But, once they reach their destination, events spin out of their control and Chloe is captured by the fiancé she escaped. Gabriel is left wondering if he can overlook her betrayal. Soon he finds himself in a race against time, to reach her before Beckett can exact revenge.

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He frowned, lifting her chin with his finger. “You can trust me, Chloe. I won’t hurt you. I would never hurt you, nor would I fail you.”
She shook her head. “No one can make that promise.” She thought of her mother then. She had been just as disappointing. “You don’t have to.”
“I can, and I mean to keep it.”
She trembled with the effort to believe him and could not look away from his dark gaze. The sensation of his nearness was far too tempting. With one hand, he gently cupped her chin, then the back of her neck as he pulled her closer into his arms. He lowered his lips to hers, questing, seeking, and giving comfort. Her lips parted on a breath and he invaded her mouth, plunging his tongue inside, meeting hers, and enticing her further. With firm arms around her, pressing her body against his, he continued the kiss. After a moment, he eased away, giving her a chance to retreat. “I’m sorry. I didn’t want to push you.”
Those were the only words she needed to hear. She knew that being with Gabe would never be a mistake. “What are you sorry for? I liked it, and you seemed to enjoy it.”
He grinned at her. “I did.”
Words escaped her for a moment. She wet her lips with her tongue. “Then there’s no problem. If…if you want to kiss me again, I wouldn’t mind.”
He lifted a brow. “I want to, but I don’t want to take advantage. Not again.”
“It’s not taking advantage if I give my consent, is it?”
“You don’t know what you’re saying.”
She smiled. He must be concerned that she didn’t know anything about making love. Well, she’d heard things, and she knew of Lamonte’s indiscretions. She knew Gabe would be a different man. He wouldn’t make her regret it. “I know my own mind. And I know I want you.”
He groaned, framing her face with his hands. “I’ve never met anyone like you before.”
“I’m glad,” she whispered.
“You are so beautiful. So special.”
His words touched her, spreading into parts of her she didn’t know existed. A slight tremor moved through her and the press of tears began in the back of her throat. She fought the onslaught, but it somehow won out. A lone tear tracked down her cheek. “Oh, Gabriel.” She wanted to protest, to tell him that she wasn’t who he thought she was, but when his thumb chased away the wetness from her cheek, and his eyes never left hers, she lifted her mouth to his.
His kiss became a subtle demand. He drew back once, as if to be certain it was what she wanted. When she remained silent, watching him, he only smiled and kissed her again. His manner became focused, more serious as he twined his tongue with hers. Chloe moaned, wrapping her arms around his neck. He held her close and kissed her for several moments. Then he pulled away, stepping back slightly to help her out of her dress, corset and pantaloons. When she was naked, Gabriel only seemed to stare at her. A strange dread grew inside of her. She clenched her fists even as she took the pressure of his intense gaze.
Mon Dieu,” he whispered. “I saw more than I should have before, but I never imagined…” he drifted off. “You are so lovely.” He drew her close and kissed her again. The sensation of his hands moving over the bare skin of her back and hips created a warmth she didn’t want to shy away from. Gabe stopped kissing her long enough to remove his own clothing.
She got a clear look at him and it heated her further. Gabriel had a light sprinkling of reddish hair on his chest and her gaze took in the defined muscles of his upper body and legs. The notion that he was a mythic god came back to her. Her gaze fell to the member that swelled from his desire. Her breaths grew short and she knew she should be afraid of him, but she was not. She had never wanted anyone more. Her core became tingly, creating a restless need she’d never felt before.
Chloe couldn’t resist touching his chest, dragging her fingertips over the hard expanse. He groaned, then kissed her before carrying her back to the bed in the next room. He placed her on the mattress gently.
His lips made a path that caused her breath to catch. His mouth against her skin was full of a kind of reverence. His tongue swirled around the tip of her breast and her hands moved eagerly into his hair, holding him closer. She couldn’t deny that she wanted him as close as possible in that moment. The firm press of his body against hers was too right to deny. He seemed to go slowly with her as if concerned he would make her afraid of him. Chloe welcomed each caress. 

About Marie:Marie Lavender lives in the Midwest with her family and three cats. She has been writing for over twenty years. She has more works in progress than she can count on two hands. Marie has published nineteen books in the genres of historical romance, contemporary romance, romantic suspense, paranormal romance, mystery/thriller, literary fiction and poetry. Lavender just released Magick & Moonlight, a paranormal romance, in March. Upon Your Honor, released in late April, is her second historical romance.
A list of her books and pen names are as follows:
Marie Lavender: Upon Your ReturnMagick & MoonlightUpon Your Honor
Erica Sutherhome: Hard to GetMemoriesA Hint of ScandalWithout YouStrange HeatTerror in the Night;HauntedPursuitPerfect GameA Touch of DawnRansomLeather and Lace
Kathryn Layne: A Misplaced Life
Heather Crouse: Express Café and Other RamblingsRamblings, Musings and Other ThingsSoulful Ramblings and Other Worldly Things

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