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Warren leaned forward, then pressed his lips against Eleri’s ear. She trembled, causing him another dark thrill. “You may as well point that at me,” he murmured. Her aim slipped minutely from her target while her muscles shook as she fought for control. “Tell me why you’d risk your neck to keep me from falling into this man’s grasp or I’ll cry out. Why should I care who rules your camp? Your Prince Lew slaughtered my men unfoundedly.”
“’Twasn’t Lew’s fault,” she hissed, “but I cannot explain. Not now!”
Taunting her, Warren hung over the side as if to yell, trying not to think of the height while keeping his gaze fixed on Eleri. Her eyes were no longer on her quarry but on him, reflecting venom and fear.
“Stop!” she whispered, relaxing her bow as she placed a soft hand over his mouth. Her eyes pleaded.
He peeled her fingers away and gripped her hand. Anger filled his chest. “Stop? For what price? You hope to beg a hefty bargain for my head? Or...mayhap trade me for support against this Lord Vaughn? Aye! That’s it, isn’t it?” He smiled coldly when her cheeks went whiter still.
“Stop! I order you to stop!” she rasped.
“Order?” he scoffed. “You’re in no position to order me. What have you to trade for my silence?”
She frowned, her forehead glistening with light moisture in the moonlight. Seemingly vexed, she watched his lips—probably waiting for the first sign of his disobedience.
But if one of his men lived, he needed to return and find him, and if the princess would not help, he must escape immediately. He might be able to bargain with the rebels below. Surely they would be more sensible than this stubborn woman.
He opened his mouth to beckon the men, but Eleri moved like lightning. With her right arm restrained, she couldn’t cut him. However, her weapon of choice caught him completely off-guard.
Her lips sealed to his, cutting off his voice in a hard kiss.
The astonishing action nearly toppled him from their roost, bold as it was, but he still held her hand. Bracing his back against the gnarled tree branches, he relaxed for more, but the kiss ended as briskly as it had begun.
The princess cupped her mouth with a trembling hand.
Beneath their tree, horse hooves churned through the dry leaves as Lord Vaughn and his men followed Nest’s trail away from the camp, but Warren and Eleri remained frozen, their gazes locked.
Blood surging through his body, Warren grinned and lowered his face over hers. “Not the price I had in mind, but...um, shall we see what else you have to offer?”
Page Count: 159 pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (April 28, 2015)
Earned respect is sweet…but deserved revenge is sweeter.
Warren de Tracy was assured the Welsh village of Dinefwr would be an easy conquest, as would the widow of its fallen prince. Wedding her will appease the locals and win the respect of his liege, the usurper King Stephen.
Instead, Warren is ambushed, taken prisoner by a hooded Welshwoman with skin that glows like moonlight. If he must die at her hands, at least his honorable death will silence the whispers of disloyalty hanging over his name.
Princess Eleri has never seen a knight as stoic—and as eager to die—as Warren. She’d love to oblige the bastard, but something in his ocean-blue eyes stays her hand. Plus, suspicion nags at her, for the arrows that wounded him and killed his men are Norman, not Welsh.
A ghostly prophecy portends danger that thrusts the enemies closer together, where hate explodes into passion that won’t allow Eleri to surrender Warren to her vengeful clan. But returning him to his king breaks more than it mends…and for Warren, retaliation will be sweet, indeed.
Contains a Norman warrior with a thirst for justice, a Welsh rebel princess with second sight and a steady bow hand, magical prophecies, and a plot of royal proportions.
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