By Laura Kinsale

Stylish but violent, breathtakingly good-looking but brutal, the murderer Allegreto has back during this long-awaited sequel to Laura Kinsale's FOR MY LADY'S center. 14th-century Europe is a vicious position, awash with murky alliances and political maneuvering. because the bastard son of the Navona relatives, Allegreto seeks to assert his rightful position within the Italian principality of his start. whilst his average instruments of deception and homicide end up not able to accomplish the duty, Allegretto needs to take a bride--the stunning and blameless woman Elena, the princess of Monteverde--by strength. quickly it turns into transparent that destiny has introduced those close--but it's a harmful ardour that binds them jointly. As Allegreto and Elena trip to Italy, will they be secure from her jealous fianc?? Or from their very own risky wants? jam-packed with wealthy, historic language and interval aspect, SHADOWHEART lays out a story of excessive ardour and transferring strength that would depart its readers breathless.

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But he was not from the Devil, that she knew, any more than her natural spells and potions were. He was simply ... her angel. If he was more dark than light, haps it was because he held many evil things at bay. She had been under his protection this eve, for certain. No one had seen Raymond kissing her—Elayne’s blood pounded at the thought of that kiss, of being caught in dalliance, but eluding the danger only made it all seem more a marvel. A quiver ran through her. She glanced about the empty chamber as if her older sister might suddenly leap out from under a stool or behind the hangings.

Elayne crossed herself. She assumed her most profound air of concern. ” He instantly looked away, crossing himself, too, as she met his stare, and glanced aside at Cara. “Happen your sister has the Evil Eye, lady, God save us,” he muttered. Cara looked flustered. ” she snapped. Her ire turned from Elayne to the villager. ” “ ‘Tis the color,” he said. ” “You show ignorance,” Cara said. “Lady Elayne descends of noble blood. ” “Aye,” Willem said forebodingly. ” Cara’s mouth pursed. Her eyes and complexion were their own betrayal of distant birth—Cara was olive-skinned, with eyes of deepest brown.

He pushed his knee between her legs. She wrestled, ducking away with an awkward shove. He pulled at her, grabbing her chemise. She felt the thin thread on the charm around her neck give way and fall as she stumbled free, brushing her skirts down frantically. ” she exclaimed between gulps of air. He stood back, his cheeks red. “You don’t desire me, then,” he said, breathing hard himself. ” she cried, holding her arms around her. ” He stood straight. ” She blinked in the dimness. Her voice trailed off.

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