Back Cover Blurb for A Bit of Heaven on Earth:
When Gavin of Ashgrove and his closest friend are captured in a fierce battle during the Hundred Years’ War, their captors demand a hefty ransom from their fathers for their return. Robert is quickly set free, but Gavin’s father refuses to pay for his son’s release, leaving him to rot in a squalid French prison. Aided by a sympathetic priest, he escapes and returns home to England, only to find he has been proclaimed a bastard and disinherited. With nowhere to turn Gavin journeys to Kentwood, where he fostered as a boy, hoping Lord Aldred will take him on as a knight in his guard. The old warrior is close to death, but he soon realizes Gavin is his son. Aldred plots to have Gavin inherit Kentwood and marry his much younger wife, Elizabeth, a famed and opinionated beauty who remains a virgin after a decade of marriage.
Will the king recognize Lord Aldred’s first request of a marriage between Elizabeth and Robert,uniting Robert’s estate with Kentwood—or will the temperamental Edward reward Aldred’s years of service and honor a dying man’s final request?
Fear struck Elizabeth as Gavin’s lips met hers. A kiss!
What was he thinking? She could not kiss him. She didn’t kiss
anyone. Aldred’s feeble attempts over the years flittered into
her mind. She stiffened in his arms.
Her hesitation did not stop him. His lips slowly brushed
against hers. The sensation was most pleasant. A ripple of heat
ran through her. His hand stroked her hair. Her scalp tingled.
Her body relaxed.
Panic set in suddenly. She tensed again. She didn’t know
what to do, how to respond. Yet respond she did, as if her body
were no longer her own. Her knees grew watery. She gripped
Gavin’s shoulders for support. He pulled her closer still. His
arms wrapped firmly around her, drawing her into a muscled
And still his lips worked their magic, now nipping her
lower one, teasing her. He licked the corner of her mouth and
trailed kisses along her jaw. Her head fell back. A shudder
rushed up her spine.
This is heaven.
His kisses continued along her exposed throat. She began to
throb everywhere. Her fingers kneaded his shoulder. She heard a
noise that sounded like a satisfied growl come from him.
Then his lips were gone. A shiver passed through her as the
gentle breeze blew. She opened her eyes, only to meet his gazing
down at her. He brushed a kiss against her temple, another one
on her cheek. The slow play of his mouth began again as he
caressed her. The throbbing built within her, starting an ache
that clamored for a satisfaction she didn’t know how to satisfy.
Elizabeth opened her mouth to speak, to ask what was
happening. Gavin’s hand, tangled in her curls, caught them and
pulled slightly, forcing her head back. His eyes glowed, a heat
in them that frightened and excited her at the same time.
Then his mouth was upon hers, gentle no longer. She clung
to him. His tongue demanded to mate with hers, taking, taking.
Again and again he took from her, even her very breath, till she
no longer knew where she ended and he began. His arms pinned her
against him. Her breasts ached. Her bones melted. A dizziness
swept across her. She wanted this to go on. Forever.
A rooster crowed in the distance. It brought her to her
senses. She broke their embrace.