Posted by Jina Bacarr
Wartime romance can be wildly exciting…
…and then so painful when your heart breaks.
Ask Southern belle, Pauletta Sue.
Here is a scene from LOVE ME FOREVER, where my secondary heroine, Pauletta Sue Buckingham, is desperate to see the man she loves one more time before he leaves on a secret mission for the Confederacy. They just got married, but had no time for a honeymoon.
That doesn’t stop Pauletta Sue.
She goes down to the Rebel camp by the river and well, you’ll see…
“The war has taken so much from us, Pauletta Sue. What if something happens to you?” His breath was hot in her ear. “I couldn’t bear to lose you.”
“You will never lose me, Colton,” Pauletta Sue whispered, pressing her lips against his unshaven cheek. She couldn’t move, didn’t want to. “We don’t have much time. Kiss me.”
“I can’t . . . not here,” he said, breaking away. “It’s not safe.”
“No one will see us,” she said, smiling. “I have solicited the word of the sergeant in charge that he’ll stop anyone from coming down to the riverbank tonight.”
“How can you be sure?” Colton asked, fumbling with the ribbon fasteners on her pantalettes.
“Gold and silver buy time.” She pressed a coin into his palm. “For the Confederacy. And for us.”
He turned over the coin and grinned. “I’ve never seen a silver piece engraved with a bow and arrow surrounded by stars.”
“A token of my love.” She smiled. “When your mission is done, send me the coin and I’ll know you’re safe.”
“I’ll deliver it in person,” he said. “First, let me show you how much I love you.”
She let out a deep sigh as he picked her up in his arms and laid her down on his heavy wool jacket to protect her from the damp earth. Then he lay down beside her, his lips curving in a smile. She felt his muscular arms close around her, hugging her tight, his mouth claiming hers in a big, wonderful kiss.
Petticoats rustled, stays flew, buttons popped.
The heat of their bodies so intense, nothing existed but that moment. She would remember that night always…
She wore gray.
He wore blue.
But their love defied the boundaries of war.
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