soul mate through the discovery of a buried family secret, he must do
the impossible. His longing to pursue her demands he cross the
centuries to present day. But his world is shaken to its core when he
learns he must protect her from men he thought to be only myths.
Drawn by her lineage, these men will go to great lengths to have her.
her grounded life is about to be uprooted. She encounters Devon and
realizes this striking and intellectual warrior not only looks like
the 12th Duke of Seton–he is. Consumed by the flames that engulf
them, there is no turning back as Devon’s presence in today’s world
ignites raging fires–both good and evil.
cost. Now he must decide if Elz is worth the price.
Wedlove Castle, Northern England
18 April 1829
I tugged at Kyle’s arm, and he and my baby sister ceased their flirtations. She closed her door, and Kyle and I turned, continuing down the corridor toward our rooms.
I glanced at him sharply. “Flirt.”
“I’ll own that without any shame whatsoever,” Kyle said, laughing. “I’m sure I won’t be the only flirt. You, no doubt, will be a regular Adonis come these next few weeks when you get your Miss Valli in those mighty arms of yours.”
A thrill shot through me, and I couldn’t help but grin. I would soon be meeting Elz and bringing her home to be my wife.
The thrill was smothered by another thought—the thought of what Faramond warned would happen to her when we met.
I felt my cheerful expression sink into a grim smile. “Yes, well, with everything Faramond told us tonight about others wanting my Miss Valli for themselves, let us hope I don’t do as Adonis did and get myself killed by some angry god who’s turned himself into a wild boar.”
“No,” Kyle said, trying to bring back my joy. “You won’t do that—you’ll have me watching your back. And you know I’m cleverer than any ole boar, or any Greek god for that matter.”
He laughed, but my good mood was gone.
I felt sick to think of all that Faramond had told me. I wanted to give Elz a normal, happy life, but that wouldn’t be the tradeoff. Maybe she would be better off without me. If we never met, the flame would never burn bright enough for others to see it, and she wouldn’t need protection; therefore, she wouldn’t need me.
My heart sank, and I was bombarded with sadness at such a notion.
But maybe it would be for the best.
The thought made me miss her even more than I already did.
“Look, Kyle, I don’t mean to be rude with an abrupt departure, but I miss my girl. We’ll have to part ways here, old friend. I’ll see you at breakfast.”
Kyle offered a sympathetic smile, nodding his understanding, and we split up as I set into a fast jog toward my rooms.
I shrugged out of my topcoat and tossed it over a chair, doing the same with my cravat and waistcoat, then unfastened my trousers and sat to strip my feet bare. Unable to wait another moment, I rose, pulling my shirttail free as I headed barefoot across the carpet, striding toward the only thing that connected me to Elz—the mirror.
Stepping onto the platform of carved mountains at the base of the frame, I leaned in and breathed a fog over the glass, placing the fingertips of one hand there, and called Elz to me.
Her image became clear, and desire weaved its way around my gut like a choking vine. I exhaled slowly.
“Have mercy on me, my love—I can see you’ll be tormenting me tonight.”
****OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES****
still loom. Elz needs answers. Devon, imprisoned by his vow to keep
quiet, must fight his desire to give them. All he can offer is his
protection and his love. Unfortunately, the shackles of silence could
leave Elz vulnerable to the enemy.
help on his mission. Though Jarrett is a good ally, he incorporates
his own agenda, and the car-racing playboy attempts to seduce Elz’s
best friend, the ever-cautious Jaymi. But Jaymi longs for more than
Jarrett offers. The four spend the summer together, and tensions
climb, as Jaymi is an unwilling candidate in Jarrett’s games.
winning the prize? And will Devon comprehend too late the real threat
he faces when fighting the rival who will stop at nothing to take Elz
nineteenth-century England. Gone is the jaded man his family feared
would never love, never marry. In his place stands a man completely
enamored with and vastly protective of the captivating beauty he
keeps on his arm. Elz adapts well to life at Wedlove, relieved that
their enemy is left behind in modern-day Boston.
challenging adversary yet in the guise of a childhood friend, one who
is incredibly strong and cunning . . . one with a dark secret of his own.
challenges Jarrett for Jaymi’s affection. Jaymi is torn between the
gallant, handsome man who would offer her the world, and the reckless
one who lingers in every waking thought. Will she seek a new life
with a new love, or will Jarrett refuse to let her go?
as well as nineteenth-century England. He hopes it will grant a
respite from others who are drawn to the flame in her eyes.
to kidnap Elz. While investigating who is behind the attack, he finds
himself at a crossroads and is forced to enlist the aid of his friend
turned rival, Symond Grayson, the Duke of Graburn. In an act of
compassion gone horribly wrong, Devon’s marriage to Elz is threatened
and his world is turned upside down. The door is opened for Symond,
and the duke has every intention of walking through it.
to send Elz far from Symond’s reach while he contends with their
foes–old and new. Battered from all sides, Devon is under siege, and
the stakes are raised as Elz and the Phoenix bloodline are placed in
jeopardy. Devon could lose Elz forever if another can win her heart.
training and 1829 comes to a close with a double wedding on Christmas Day.
by Jarrett and Jaymi, while Devon and Elz eagerly await the birth of
their son, Eros.
decision that changes his relationship with Devon and Elz forever.
finds himself ensnared by a lovely young lady who thrusts them both
into a compromising situation.
belle in 1850s America. Now married to a man who can give her the
world in any time, she’s doing exactly that. As their two families
travel down the east coast, a new contender is drawn to the fire in
Elz’s eyes. But no challenger could dissuade Devon from defending
his heart’s desire, not even the daunting McGrail brothers, fresh
from the Scottish Highlands.
but history wasn’t on his list of favorites in college. After a few
failed attempts at nineteenth-century romance, he’s headed home to
the women of the twenty-first century as soon as the family vacation
is over. He’s never liked charades, and he likes the games of high
society even less. But then he crosses paths with a daring young lady
and realizes his heart is in danger. Though he’s eager for a lover,
Griffin has no intention of falling for the beautiful Mars LaFrance.
Even so, fate is going to give him a run for his money.
surrounded by her ever-growing family and her fur babies.
the telling of her colorful dreams. She now weaves her stories into
fiery characters that live lives the rest of us only dream of.
Club. She is also the founder and host of a yearly writers’ retreat
held at her estate.
sucker for organizing parties, especially historical costume parties.
And in her spare time you can find her touring old mansions, shopping
for antiques, or sitting on the porch with a good book.
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