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How far would you go to keep your heart’s desire?
Previously in The Phoenix Decree Saga…
Devon’s pursuit of his beloved Elz led him from his castle in nineteenth-century England to a nightclub in twenty-first-century America.
Elz dances before me. I watch her. Encouraged by her inviting movements, my heart is beating a damn hole in my chest, and I give in to the two feelings consuming me—arousal and gratitude.
~ Devon Phoenix, Marquess of Phoxdale
And now the saga continues…
Devon’s presence in modern-day Boston has roused the enemy who now stalks Elz. Though Devon and Elz become entwined, both body and soul, secrets still loom. Elz needs answers. Devon, imprisoned by his vow to keep quiet, must fight his desire to give them. All he can offer is his protection and his love.
Jarrett Phoenix, the current Marquess of Phoxdale, has been recruited by Devon to help on his mission. The car-racing playboy complicates an already risky situation by attempting to seduce Elz’s best friend, the ever-cautious Jaymi. Jaymi longs for more than Jarrett offers. The four spend the summer together, and tensions climb, as Jaymi is an unwilling candidate in Jarrett’s games.
Will Jarrett’s fear of love keep his heart from running the course and winning the prize? Will the shackles of silence leave Elz vulnerable to the enemy? And will Devon comprehend too late the real threat he faces when fighting the rival who will stop at nothing to take Elz from him?
The future holds the answers…or…does the past?
I see Devon, Elz, and Jaymi coming down the hall and turn my back, hoping they won’t hear me. “Look, I’m sorry we won’t see each other, but there’s no time before I leave in the morning … No. I can’t … Because I have guests, Cel … Yes, she’s here, too. Why? … No, I haven’t. What’s with this jealousy where she’s concerned? I thought we got past this in Boston… Look, my guests are waiting. I’ll call you soon… I love you, too.”
I end the call and notice Jaymi’s head turned the slightest bit as she enters the parlor. She heard. I only hope it doesn’t disrupt my efforts to convince her to be my mistress.
I glance at my watch—6:30 p.m.—and look up to see Kat striding toward me.
She slows to a halt. “Hello. You all right? You look out of sorts.”
“It’s that obvious, is it? And here I thought I was doing a good job hiding it.”
“You are, brother, from everyone else, but this is me, remember? So, what’s going on?”
“Nothing, just Cel. She’s nagging me to see her before I leave again.”
“You know, most men want to see their girlfriend. Are you sure Celeste is what you want? I mean, I was just noticing the pretty blonde that’s traveling with your party and how you looked at one another. Is there something between you two?”
“Not yet, but when I have my way, there will be.”
“That’s grand! It’s about time you wake up and get rid of Celeste for the right woman.”
“Who said anything about getting rid of Celeste?”
“Jarrett. What are you planning? You’re going to screw up your life.”
“Calm down, Kat. I know what I’m doing.”
“Well, if your intention is to hang yourself, I agree.”
“Ha! Very funny. Now, come on, our guests are waiting.”
*** Mature Content, Adult Situations, and Language ***
Anna Albergucci has always had a vivid imagination. When she was a child, she entertained her mother and anyone who would listen with the telling of her intricate dreams. Now she puts that inspiration to paper, weaving her stories into deeply passionate characters that live lives the rest of us only dream about.
Married to her high school sweetheart, Anna lives in Texas surrounded by her ever-growing family and her fur babies. She serves as president of Cisco Writers Club, and is the founder of a yearly writers’ retreat she hosts at her estate each fall.
She loves mornings, coffee, and sitting on the porch appreciating her life. She’s a sucker for hosting parties, especially historical costume parties. And in her spare time you can find her touring old mansions, shopping for antiques, or curled up reading a romance, paranormal, or thriller, whether historical or contemporary.
It’s Wednesday! And that means I’m taking part in the Paranormal Love Wednesdays Blog Hop! Keep hopping and spread the love. ❤