by Eve Silver
Innkeeper’s daughter Jane Heatherington is sold into indentured servitude to cover her father’s debts, sold to Aidan Warrick, a man whose handsome face and form mock the rumors that skulk in his shadow, rumors that paint him a smuggler, a pirate…and worse.
On the rainswept Cornish coast, Aidan’s business is carried out in the darkest hours of moonless nights, his secrets are many, and death follows in his wake. Isolated and alone, Jane’s only companion is the man she dare not trust, the man who looks at her with heated desire that she both fears and craves.
As she finds herself ensnared in the twisted schemes carried out within the walls of Aidan’s looming estate, Jane must decide if Aidan Warrick is the dark prince of her dreams or a monster preying on the innocent…
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With a cry, Jane jerked upright. There were hands on her shoulders, not rough, but gentle, soothing, reassuring. Aidan’s hands. He had wakened her. She shuddered. It was a memory. A dream. A nightmare. She had not suffered its coming for so long that she had dared to hope it would never return.
She tried to chase away the frightening recollections that snapped at her, crossing the boundary from dream to wakefulness. Rigid and distraught, she stared at nothing, haunted by images that yet felt real, memories that refused to rest. The fire had died and the room was couched in blackness, chilled as the frost-kissed air.
“Jane, lie against me, sweet. I will let none harm you, not even the demons of your dreams.” Aidan’s voice calmed her flayed nerves. His big, warm hands guided her as he drew her against his muscled chest and wrapped her in the safe harbor of his arms. She did not resist, drawn by his strength and the kindness of his touch. “Sleep now,” he commanded, his breath caressing her cheek as he tucked her close, warming her with the heat of his body.
He was solid against her back, his hand gentle as he stroked her hair. She could feel the steady rhythm of his heart, the even cadence of the rise and fall of his chest.
The horror of past memories faded, and she drifted toward sleep.
The nightmare had come for her, and Aidan Warrick had not let it take her.
National bestselling author Eve Silver has been praised for her “edgy, steamy, action-packed” books, darkly sexy heroes and take-charge heroines. Her work has garnered starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Quill and Quire, two RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Awards, Library Journal’s Best Genre Fiction Award, and has been nominated for the Romance Writers of America® RITA® Award. RUSH, her first book for teens was listed as a 2013 American Bookseller’s Association Best Book for Children and a Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids and Teens. Eve lives with her husband, two sons, an energetic Airedale terrier and an exuberant border collie/shepherd.
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