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A Rose in Winter by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss

By Kathleen E. Woodiwiss

"The fairest flower in Mawbry is Erienne Fleming, the captivating, raven-haired daughter of the village mayor. fascinating, lively and exquisitely wonderful, she is beset on either side by means of suitors, anyone of whom may pay a king's fortune for a spot in her middle. yet Erienne has eyes for just one: the speeding and witty younger Yankee, Christopher Seton.

But marriage for romance isn't really to be, for her irresponsible and unscrupulous father, crippled by means of playing accounts, is motive on auctioning off his appealing daughter to the top bidder. And finally, Erienne is devastated to discover it's the unusual and secretive Lord Saxton who has bought her—a mysterious, tragic determine who wears a masks and a cloak perpetually to conceal disfiguring scars received in a poor hearth a few years back.

But within the passing days, Saxton's precise nature is printed to her. a steady and adoring soul, he treats his new bride with heat and abiding tenderness, but seems to her simply by means of sunlight. She, in flip, vows to be a superb and constant spouse to him. after which Christopher Seton reenters Erienne's global Conflicted by means of feelings she can't suppress, Erienne valiantly makes an attempt to stay honorable to her elusive, enigmatic husband yet feels herself irresistibly attracted to Seton's ardour, his hearth, and his secrets and techniques. Entangled in intrigues she doesn't but comprehend, Erienne Fleming will quickly need to make a devastating selection: among love and honor . . . among her accountability and her heart.

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They'd gone down that road before. He'd given her his blood to heal her that very first time and as a side effect, he could track her anywhere. She couldn't escape him. But that deed was done. What made her fear his healing touch was what else had happened. He'd not only managed to heal one of the fresh wounds, his energy had spilled over and begun to heal the scars on her face, something no angel should be able to do. But apparently he had some practical skills, for his fingers had found the snarled muscles along her scarred side and were kneading them, applying pressure where needed, alternating between the fingers and heel of his hand.

He was looking at a Dark One, struggling to get out of her body. No, to take her body over. Shrieking, that high-pitched shrieking he knew too well. His hands tightened on his weapons. He knew how to destroy a Dark One this size hand-to-hand, could cut its throat in a heartbeat. The writhing creature dropped swiftly to the hold floor, apparently possessing a gravity far heavier than water could bear. Convulsing, it fought with an unseen assailant. Amazed, he watched it roll back and forth, clawing at itself, water churning around it.

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