Celiese d'Loganville lives as a shadow. Though she is the beloved handmaiden of Viking lord Raktor's spoiled pretty daughter, it matters little. She is a slave in a gilded cage who tells no one of the violent Viking raid that haunts her memories. Or the daily nightmare her life has become.
When her mistress refuses to wed a man rumored to be horribly disfigured, Celiese seizes her one chance for freedom. Maybe even love. No one needs to know that the face behind the veil is a mere substitute.
Mylan Vandahl has no need of a wife who'd pity him. But the enchanting--and perplexing--young woman presented to him boldly ignores his scars even as her eyes betray a nameless fear. Rousing within him a need to soothe her with gentleness she clearly doesn't expect...and seduce her with tender persuasion.
After a wedding night of unparalleled passion, treachery is revealed in the rising dawn. Instead of taking her place at her husband's side, Celeise finds herself in the fight of her life. For the dream of home and family...and to regain Mylan's shattered trust.
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Samhain Publishing, LTD
February 21, 2012
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