Caught in the ever tightening web of her powerful cousin's
blackmail, the young, but thrice widowed, Lady Ariana is
forced to spy on other nobles in order to keep her
independence and care for Jason, her deaf seven year old
son.Ordered by the King himself to track down the elusive
Spy of the Night, the infamous King's Hunter, Gabriel of
Whitstone, manages to capture the fiery Ariana and vows to
bring her to justice to save the life of his brother,
While on their journey, they share a magical moment
at a secluded waterfall and Gabriel decides he now wants to
wed her instead of taking her back a prisoner. Despite her
growing feelings for him, Ariana knows full well she will
suffer either way and is wary of going back into another
abusive marriage. So, at first opportunity, she once again
escapes, leaving Gabriel in the lurch to suffer for the
crime she committed at the Abbey. After securing her
independence and Jason's safety, Ariana
returns to help Gabriel, only to learn that he died.
Later, she is gladdened by the fact she has a welcomed, but
unanticipated, consequence of their love tryst, however,
knows she must marry again to keep her standing. At the
ceremony, she is shocked to be confronted with Gabriel who
is not only still alive, but now only focused on revenge,
Jessica Trapp has crafted a hot and captivating romance
that fits well within the intrigues and politics of fifteen-
century England. Both Gabriel and Ariana are strong,
intelligent characters fully aware of their positions in
life, yet resourceful in leveraging circumstances to gain
better control for themselves and others. The dialogue
sparkles with wit and there is strong development of the
two main characters as they come to terms with their
changing situations and feelings. There is lots of
humor too, right from the opening chapter -- Ariana's
quick recognition of the meaning of the priest's stiff
bulge to the introduction of Gabriel's gaggle of siblings
in Ariana's well organized life. A great read that will
hold you captive in delight!
A WOMAN'S SECRET
Lady Ariana of Rosebriar is a woman with a past. She killed
her abusive husband to protect her son. And now she is
blackmailed. A Lancastrian rebel will reveal her crime --
and destroy her life -- unless she delivers messages to
enemies of the throne.
A MAN'S MISSION
Gabriel of Whitestone is a bounty hunter loyal to the king.
To care for his family of seven siblings, he must capture
his half-brother's murderer, the infamous Spy of the Night.
Only then can he claim her land for his family -- and make
her pay for her crimes of murder and treason.
A PASSION SET FREE
Sent to a chapel to steal a scroll of secrets, Ariana falls
into Gabriel's clutches--and it isn't long before
unquenchable desire draws her to him, making her body his
willing captive, though her soul can never be tamed.
both honor and duty at risk, Gabriel struggles to win the
trust of his brave, resourceful and irresistible prisoner.
But can love keep them together, when murderous forces
conspire to tear a country apart?