In this snippet of WIP How to Rescue a Pirate Marcus Blackheart has just made love to Samantha Abbott after she told him why she'd come to rescue him. He's not expecting her reactionary tears and fears he has hurt her.
Marcus suddenly remembered how he’d found Samantha more than a decade earlier and dread threw his heart into his feet. Her husband had been a sociopathic bastard, all charming and proper on the outside, but twisted and cruel on the inside. He’d tied Samantha down, beaten and bruised her, then raped her any way he could, sometimes allowing his officers to partake in a gang rape of his wife. Sex to her had been a torture and an endurance test.
And here ye are thinking with yer cock instead of yer head! he snarled at himself, feeling smaller than a barnacle. Jest like ye did at the Gates of the Deeps.
Just a little backstory to pique your interest. I hope your first day of the New Year is going well and I wish you happiness and prosperity all year long. Happy reading!