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Kidnapped for revenge
Haunted by the man who murdered her family, Raina LeClair must always be two steps ahead of her sworn enemy through disguise and espionage. When her newest masquerade lands her back in the hands of the man she had previously kidnapped, she is awakened to the pleasure of his touch. When the threat of treason comes into play, Raina can no longer work alone to stop the destruction of England. Can she learn to trust the man who she once betrayed or will her obsession for revenge own her heart forever?
Kidnapped for love
Kidnapped and left for dead, Charles Mallory is always two steps behind in the quest to find his lady kidnapper. Discouraged, Charles turns his attention to a treason plot that is threatening his beloved England. Only to discover the lady who not only held him hostage, but stole his heart, mixed up in the crossfire. Unable to persuade her of the danger she is truly in, Charles resorts to kidnapping her to his family’s cottage. There they learn the true threat lies within their passion for each other. Can he convince her of the love in his heart or will he be left destroyed by this lady once more?
Read an Excerpt
Bessie looked back to the bar again and realized that Ray was no longer in sight. She couldn’t afford to lose her job at the tavern, but she was so lonely for a man. It had been ages since a fine-looking bloke like this one, has paid any attention to her. The sea captain who was in last week scared her and she escaped his clutches by faking an illness, but next time she would not be so lucky. He was due back in port any day now and Ray had promised her to the captain.
“Have you seen any other strangers in town, besides myself?” he whispered in her ear.
She would not admit to him about the sea captain. Her life depended on it. The owner of the bar was involved in illegal activities with him and she had overheard their plans. She shook her head no while looking over her shoulder again.
Charles felt her grow tense in his embrace. Her body shook from the fear of something or someone and he had a sense on who that was. He pulled her back into his arms more and nuzzled at her neck, feeling her relax again.
“I can protect you Bessie, you need not tell me a single word. If the question I ask you is correct, stroke your hand along my arm. Do you agree?”
Bessie raised her head to stare into the stranger’s eyes, he did not seem as dangerous as the other men coming into the tavern. More of a charmer than anything. She decided to trust him, he might be able to help her escape before it was too late. Slowly she lifted her hand and let it glide down his arm.
Smiling at her he lowered his head again, pretending to kiss her. “Has there been any unusual activity in town within the last few weeks?”
Her hand caressed his bicep, shaping it to her palm.
“Have there been other strangers in the village?” he questioned her again.
Moving down his arm she wrapped her fingers around his wrist.
“Anyone by the name of Shears?”
Her fingers tightened on his wrist as her body grew tense in his arms again. She raised frightened eyes to his as she slid off his lap.
“I need to get back to work sir,” she explained as she let go of his arm.
His arm snaked out quick, grabbing her by her wrist.
“A few hours you say?”
She nodded her head at him as she picked up his empty glass. He dropped her wrist and swatted her on her backside playfully.
“Well Miss Bessie, I will wait here for you; then we can use that room of yours for more fun later,” he winked at her.
Bessie smiled at him, forgetting he frightened her with his questions. His smile held many promises she wanted to enjoy. She wandered back to the bar with the empty glass, smiling over her shoulder at him.
Charles raised his glass at her when she looked back at him. He continued to smile, looking her body up and down in appreciation. When he noticed her blush, he knew he had her convinced that he only wanted a good time. He would wait around here until he could go to her room, then he would get the answers he desired. She knew a lot more than she was letting on, but something had frightened her. Not something but someone. He was close. If he was near, then so was she.
This was an interesting book. Interesting that it was a true historical romantic suspense novel and I honestly don’t read a lot of them. Sure, some of the ones that I have read have some intrigue to them but this one was a spot on suspense book. Kidnappings, threats, some violence and a twist that was truly OMG. But dear readers, you really need to read the first book. I didn’t and there is a story arc that is being played out that I didn’t get into at first. I’m still a bit confused but I think that wouldn’t confuse some people.
Raina is one of the best historical heroines that I have read in a very long time. She’s smart but hurting at the same time. Conflicted yet so sure of what her mission is. Dealing with Charles in the first book (again, didn’t read it) and then picking up where it left off, kinda felt off for me. That said, once this book started moving, it just took off. Its a fast paced book with plenty of twists to keep you into the story of Raina and Charles. I just loved Charles, too. Perplexed at his feelings for Raina, he really had a hard time with his feelings for her.
The secondary characters are very interesting and really help the story along, too. The villain in the book is vile and I’m really interested to see what is going to happen next. Yes, even though I didn’t read the first one, I would definitely read Zane’s book in a heartbeat. There are some loose threads in the suspense plot of the book that I MUST know what is going to happen. The romance between Raina and Charles is spot on. I might have had some problems with the plot of the book (simply because I didn’t read the first one) but the romance is swoon-worthy.
If you are looking for a true historical romantic suspense book, look no further. Ms. Barnes has written one that left me wanting more.
About the Author:
I have always dreamed of being an aspiring author. I am making my dreams come true, one word at a time. When I am not writing, I am spending time with my family. I love reading books on lazy afternoons, and late into the night. Anytime really. Married 28 years to the love of my life and we have three wonderful children and two sweet grandbabies. Besides writing, I have always wanted to travel. In the last few years we have gotten our passport stamped in England and Scotland. We are hoping to add Italy to the list soon. My debut novel is Rescue By the Captain.
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