Différente, Avalon Farouche l'est assurément. Sa beauté est envoûtante mais, à la cour du roi Henri, on la regarde avec crainte. D'aucuns la prennent pour une sorcière. Sa sensibilité exacerbée lui permet de capter certaines pensées et de communiquer avec la nature. Jalousée par les femmes, convoitée par les hommes, Avalon se sent bien seule. C'est alors que revient de croisade celui que plus personne n'attendait : son fiancé Marcus Kincardine, le redoutable laird écossais qu'elle n'a jamais vu. Ce géant brun aux yeux couleur de glace la réclame aussitôt comme sa promise car, selon la légende, elle seule pourra briser la malédiction qui pèse sur son clan.
Drôle d'alliance que celle de Lauren MacRae et du comte Arion de Morgan. Depuis des lustres, leurs familles se haïssent et se disputent l'île de Shot. Devenue chef du clan MacRae à la mort de son père, Lauren a juré de poursuivre la lutte, mais les attaques vikings changent la donne. Pour protéger leur île de l'invasion barbare, les ennemis d'hier sont contraints d'unir leurs forces. De ce pacte politique naît un autre conflit, plus intime et déchirant : une passion dévorante que ni Lauren ni Arion ne peuvent vivre au grand jour...
1117. Accusé d'avoir assassiné sa femme par jalousie, le baron Warwick prend la fuite en compagnie de ses deux enfants, Alister et Kyla. Furieux, le roi Henry somme Roland Strathmore, comte de Lorlreau, de les capturer. Roland se lance donc sur la piste des fugitifs, avec d'autant plus de détermination qu'il était fiancé à lady Kyla. Il la retrouve, désormais seule au monde et pleine de haine à son égard car, pour elle, il est coupable de trahison. Ému malgré lui, Roland parvient à la sauver du courroux royal en réclamant sa main. Les voici mariés... et plus éloignés l'un de l'autre que des ennemis mortels.
From awardwinning author Shana Abé comes the fifth novel in her paranormal Dryes'>aacute;kon seriesyes'>mdash;featuring a glittering world of supersensual creatures that can shapeshift from human to smoke to dragon.Honor Carlisle may have been born into theyes'>#160;dryes'>aacute;konyes'>#160;clan but she’s always felt like a stranger to her kinyes'>mdash;an intuition that proves true when she discovers that she is a Time Weaver: a creature with the extraordinary ability to transport herself into the past or future.On one of her Weaves into the future, Honor encounters the very man she should most avoid: Alexandru of the Zaharen, prince of a rival tribe ofyes'>#160;dryes'>aacute;kon. As the two surrender to a desire that brings the present and future ever closer, they also risk fulfilling a terrible prophecy. Now Honor and Sandu must place their trustyes'>mdash;and their livesyes'>mdash;in each other’s hands, and their faith in a magical love that could restore order to theyes'>#160;dryes'>aacute;konyes'>#160;universeyes'>mdash;or destroy it forever.
From Shana Abé, author of The Truelove Bride and A Kiss at Midnight, comes this exquisitely emotional, beautifully written novel about two warring clans on a Scottish isle united by a fragile pact... and the hearts of two unforgettable lovers.
Lauren MacRae is only a woman. But her father's death has left her the leader of the Clan MacRae. Now it is up to her to defend her beloved Isle of Shot from the invading Northmen, even if it means going to her clan's sworn enemy, the powerful English overlord, Arion du Morgan, for help. But Arion's raven hair, green eyes, and smoldering sensuality soon make Lauren forget just why she turned to him--as he awakens within her a wayward desire....
Like Lauren, Arion risks the mutiny of his soldiers by forming this risky alliance. But he was brought up to believe that the Isle of Shot belongs not to the Clan MacRae, but to England--and he will defend it to his dying breath. Once, when they were children, Arion saved Lauren from a tortuous fate. Now, the copper-haired beauty has somehow found a way to banish the emptiness in his soul. And as they join forces to fight for the land they both love, he will risk everything--even his very life--to claim what is his.
From the Paperback edition.
Hidden among the remote hills of eighteenthcentury England lives a powerful clan of shapeshifters whoyes'>#8217;ve become the stuff of myths and legends. They are the dryes'>#225;konyes'>#8212;supersensual creatures with the ability to Turn from human to smoke to dragon. Now a treacherous new enemy threatens to destroy their world of magic and glittering power. For centuries, they thought themselves alone at Darkfrith, but the arrival of a stunning letter from the Princess Maricara sent from the Carpathian Mountains of Transylvania suggests the existence of a lost tribe of dryes'>#225;kon. It is a possibility that the Alpha lord, Kimber Langford, Earl of Chasen, cannot ignore. For whoever this unknown princess may be, sheyes'>#8217;s dangerous enough to know about the dryes'>#225;konyes'>#8217;s existenceyes'>#8212;and where to find them. That, as Kimber canyes'>#8217;t help but concede, gives her a decidedly deadly advantage. And, indeed, it wouldnyes'>#8217;t be long before Maricara breached the defenses of Darkfrith and the walls around Kimberyes'>#8217;s heart. But the mystery of the princessyes'>#8217;s real identity and the warning she has come to deliver, of a brutal serial killer targeting the dryes'>#225;kon themselves, seem all but impossible to believe. Until the shadowed threat that stalks her arrives at Darkfrith, and Kimber and Maricara must stand together against the greatest enemy the dryes'>#225;kon have eve facedyes'>#8212;an enemy who may or may not be one of their own. They have no choice but to yield to their passionate attraction for each other. But for two such very different dryes'>#225;kon leaders, will an alliance of body and soul mean their salvation, their extinctionyes'>#8230;or both?From the Hardcover edition.
BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Shana Abé's The Time Weaver.
She is a young drákon of untried powers. He is the powerful second son of the Alpha male from their clan of shapeshifting, supersensual beings. And what she is about to attempt will violate every taboo and break every law that bind the drákon together--and just may save them from destruction.
A mere seamstresss daughter, Zoe Cyprienne Lane isnt even in the same league as Lord Rhys Langford. Nothing could be more shocking than the notion that shed set out to find her childhood friend and first true love. But when news arrives in the Carpathian Mountains of Transylvania that Rhys is being held captive, thats just what she does. Guided by her own hidden Gifts and her psychic link to Rhys--his presence and touch as electric as if he were beside her in the flesh--Zoe is his last lifeline to a world and a passion he thought hed never regain. Only reunited, hunter and huntress, can they save the drákon from those who would destroy them all.
For centuries they've lived in secret among northern England's green and misted hills. Creatures of extraordinary beauty, power, and sensuality, they possess the ability to shape-shift from human to dragon and back again. Now their secret-and their survival-is threatened by a temptation that will break every boundary....
Dubbed the Smoke Thief, a daring jewel thief is confounding the London police. His wealthy victims claim the master burglar can walk through walls and vanish into thin air. But Christoff, the charismatic Marquess of Langford, knows the truth: the thief is no ordinary human but a "runner" who's fled Darkfrith without permission. As Alpha leader of the drakon, it's Kit's duty to capture the fugitive before the secrets of the tribe are revealed to mortals. But not even Kit suspects that the Smoke Thief could be a woman.
Clarissa Rue Hawthorne knew her dangerous exploits would attract the attention of the drakon. But she didn't expect Christoff himself to come to London, dangling the tribe's most valuable jewel-the Langford Diamond-as bait. For as long as she could remember, Rue had lived the life of a halfling-half drakon, half mortal-and an outcast in both worlds. She'd always loved the handsome and willful Kit from the only place it was safe: from afar. But now she was no longer the shy, timid girl she'd once been. She was the first woman capable of making the Turn in four generations. So why did she still feel the same dizzing sense of vulnerability whenever he was near?
From the moment he saw her, Kit knew that the alluring and powerful beauty was every bit his Alpha equal and destined to be his bride. And by the harsh laws of the drakon, Rue knew that she was the property of the marquess. But they will risk banishment and worse for a chance at something greater. For now Rue is his prisoner, the diamond has disappeared, and she's made the kind of dangerous proposition a man like Kit cannot resist....In this bewitching novel, Shana Abé transports us into a world of exhilarating romance and magic.
From the Hardcover edition.
In the remote hills of northern England lives a powerful clan with a centuries-old secret. They are the drákon, shape-shifters who possess the ability to Turn--changing from human to smoke to dragon. And from the very stones of the earth, they hear hypnotic songs of beauty and wonder. But there is one stone they fear....
Buried deep within the bowels of the Carpathian Mountains lies the legendary dreaming diamond known as Draumr, the only gem with the power to enslave the drákon. Since childhood, Lady Amalia Langford, daughter of the clan's Alpha, has heard its haunting ballad but kept it secret, along with another rare Gift....
Lia can hear the future, much in the way she hears the call of Draumr. And in that future, she realizes that the diamond--along with the fate of the drákon--rests in the hands of a human man, one who straddles two worlds.
Ruthlessly clever, Zane has risen through London's criminal underworld to become its ruler. Once a street urchin saved by Lia's mother, Zane is also privy to the secrets of the clan--and is the only human they trust to bring them Draumr. But he does nothing selflessly.
Zane's hunt for the gem takes him to Hungary, where he is shocked to encounter a bold, beautiful young noblewoman: Lia. She has broken every rule of the drákon to join him, driven by the urgent song of Draumr--and her visions of Zane. In one future, he is her ally. In another, her overlord. In both, he is her lover. Now to protect her tribe, Lia must tie her fate to Zane's, to the one man capable of stealing her future--and destroying her heart....
From the Hardcover edition.
Shana Abé has captured the imagination of readers everywhere with her superbly sensual tales of forbidden love. Now she weaves the exquisite story of a man and woman torn apart by fate -- who realize years later that love's second bloom is the one that matters most.
At fifteen Lady Amiranth St. Clare became the bride of Tristan Geraint. She thought all of her dreams had come true -- until she learned on her wedding day that Tristan had married her only for her bloodline.
A week later Tristan deserted her for the glories of battle. Heartbroken, Amiranth felt she'd been abandoned, not knowing that Tristan had become a prisoner of war -- nor that he would one day return to the life he didn't know he wanted until it was taken away.
Eight long years pass before Tristan finally comes home. A beautiful woman greets him in the garden, claiming to be Amiranth's cousin. Yet somehow she seems hauntingly familiar, with an ethereal radiance that stirs him deep within his heart. Is she really his wife, grown into a lady of breathtaking beauty -- or another woman who has awakened within him a passion he has never known?
To discover the truth, Tristan must reveal the secrets of what happened those years he was away -- and find the love that was closer than he ever imagined....
From the Paperback edition.
Shana Abé has entranced countless readers with her passion-filled novels of adventure, intrigue, and romance. Now the author of The Secret Swan delivers a gift from the sea: three hauntingly beautiful tales connected by a legend, a locket, and a love beyond time.
531 a.d.: The tiny island of Kell is said to be enchanted, inhabited by an extraordinary creature who comforts shipwrecked sailors passing into the next world. Prince Aedan of the Isles believes in no such nonsense--until he awakens on Kell itself and meets the sensuous siren who rescued him from the sea.
1721: Ronan MacMhuirich, Earl of Kell, is the target of an unlikely assassin: Leila, a mysterious woman from an exotic land. But his irresistibly beautiful would-be slayer is in just as much danger as Ronan when she falls for this man with a magic of his own.
2004: What do you do when you inherit a Scottish island you never knew existed--and find yourself pursued by a handsome stranger who wants to buy it from you? That's what happens to Ruri Kell when she accepts Iain MacInnes's invitation to visit her birthright, and listens to a proposition as sinfully tempting as everything else about him.
Three seductive love stories, three passionate couples, all linked by one of the most romantic myths of all.
From the Paperback edition.
The curse will last one hundred full years....
A notoriously fierce soldier, Marcus Kincardine wears his clan's tartan as a symbol of his heritage--and a reminder of the curse that haunts his kin. To rid them of this evil, the legend says, Marcus must wed a fabled warrior maiden with hair like an angel's halo, eyes the color of the rarest heather, and an extraordinary gift that makes her more formidable than any army. But first he must win the most desperate battle of his life...the one for her mind, her body, and her heart.
Lady Avalon d'Farouche can't deny she bears the telltale marks of the Kincardine legend, nor can she disown the strange, mystical intuition that allows her to see things others cannot. Yet Avalon believes she alone holds the key to her destiny--a future in which no man will own her. So when Marcus Kincardine seizes her for his own purposes, she never expects him to ignite a fiery passion within her. Still, she refuses to sacrifice her soul and fulfill the legend by surrendering to desire. But how long can she deny him...and how long will he let her?
For fans of Lauren Kate and Libba Bray, The Sweetest Dark is filled with thrilling romance, exciting adventure, and ancient magic. Shana Abé brilliantly captures the drama of post-Victorian England, while unfolding a passionate love story that defies time.
With every fiber of my being, I yearned to be normal. To glide through my days at Iverson without incident. But Id have to face the fact that my life was about to unfold in a very, very different way than Id ever envisioned. Normal would become forever out of reach.
Lora Jones has always known that shes different. On the outside, she appears to be an ordinary sixteen-year-old girl. Yet Loras been keeping a heartful of secrets: She hears songs that no one else can hear, dreams vividly of smoke and flight, and lives with a mysterious voice inside her that insists shes far more than what she seems.
England, 1915. Raised in an orphanage in a rough corner of London, Lora quickly learns to hide her unique abilities and avoid attention. Then, much to her surprise, she is selected as the new charity student at Iverson, an elite boarding school on Englands southern coast. Iversons eerie, gothic castle is like nothing Lora has ever seen. And the two boys she meets there will open her eyes and forever change her destiny.
Jesse is the schools groundskeeper--a beautiful boy who recognizes Lora for who and what she truly is. Armand is a darkly handsome and arrogant aristocrat who harbors a few closely guarded secrets of his own. Both hold the answers to her past. One is the key to her future. And both will aim to win her heart. As danger descends upon Iverson, Lora must harness the powers shes only just begun to understand, or else lose everything she dearly loves.
Filled with lush atmosphere, thrilling romance, and ancient magic, The Sweetest Dark brilliantly captures a rich historical era while unfolding an enchanting love story that defies time.
A wonderfully refreshing story of self-discovery, love, courage--and dragons . . . I was enchanted.--Melissa Marr, New York Times bestselling author of Wicked Lovely From the Hardcover edition.
They call him the Hound of Hell....
Lord Roland Strathmore has been ordered by the king to find and capture Lady Kyla Warwick, a noblewoman running from rumors of scandal and murder. One of England's fiercest warriors, Strathmore is torn between his loyalty to the king and his pledge to the elusive woman he has never met. For Strathmore was once betrothed to the fiery Lady Kyla--until her family's fall from grace halted plans for their union.
When Kyla is seized by Strathmore, she vows to seek vengeance against the man she considers a traitor. But she's surprised when her hatred for her newfound enemy is matched by a powerful attraction--a temptation at odds with her desire to reclaim her freedom. Fueled by his own unspoken passion, Strathmore is willing to risk everything to help his beautiful captive discover the truth about her shocking past--even if only the most desperate act will save her from further ruin...or perhaps even death.
A deeply enthralling, richly romantic novel of passion and adventure by a stunning new voice in historical romance. . .
At sixteen, Lady Solange had pledged her love to Damon Wolf, had dreamed they would be together forever. But when her ruthless father threatened Damon's life unless she agreed to marry another, Solange did the only thing she could: she scorned her true love and sent him away. . . never imagining the fate that awaited her, never knowing that one day her destiny would be entwined with Damon's once more.
For nine long years, Solange has lived a nightmare, wed to a wealthy lord whose handsome face hides a soul of darkest evil. Yet now, just as she is poised to finally make good her escape, Damon suddenly appears at the castle gate. Gone is the gentle hero of her childhood, replaced by a fiercely attractive, thunderously angry knight, who makes it clear he has never forgiven her betrayal. Convincing Damon to escort her to safety will take all Solange's ingenuity--but the real challenge lies in breaching the walls that Damon has built between them, to win back his trust. . . and his hardened heart.