The Promise and the Passion Author:Anne Powers Their marriage was a business agreement. The ceremonies were strictly legal, bound by the contract that held both their signatures. — But now, as Quintus looked at her slim body, the curved lines not quite concealed by the straight-cut tunic, the palms of his hands were damp as he saw that the swell of her breasts was visible under the robe. — "I... more »t was so kind of you to help me - marrying me," she said. "I never realized how kind. I want to repay you." Her words were chilling.
"My being kind," Quintus began, "and you feeling indebted are pleasant sentiments. I'd be delighted to hear them from a business parter. It isn't what I want to hear from a wife."
Diana smiled at him dazzingly. "I must feel more than that - don't you think?"
He drew her to her feet, and pulling her against him said triumphantly, "You must. You do!" His mouth found hers, tasted the sweetness of her lips. She was softly clinging and the touch of vital flesh melted into him. He was aware of little except the promise her body held.
And in Diana's mind, the thoughts clamored. You were wrong, Antony. One man desires me, not my father's grain ships, not my dowry. He wants just ME!« less