I recently signed on with Kensington/Lyrical for a new series of books coming out in 2017, and I’ve met a bunch of wonderful new author friends, one of whom has a brand new book out today. TINA DONAHUE is one of those new friends, and her book, PASSIONATE PURSUIT, is a sure-fire winner. Read on for a little taste.
Is their passion strong enough to break her chains?
Andalucía Spain, 1489: Innocent Beatriz is desperate to escape the threat of a miserable marriage to a cruel Marquis. Forced into the betrothal by her ruthless merchant papá, her only hope is to conceal her identity and become a servant in a nearby castle—a life drastically different from her comfortable upbringing.
Tomás doesn’t know what to make of his well-spoken new servant girl. Her beauty and charm captivates the military hero; her mysterious nature intrigues him. And the desire she ignites burns brighter with each glance, as does his longing to claim her for his own.
Beatriz can’t resist Tomás’ passion nor deny the heat of her own. But neither the lush countryside nor the walls of the opulent Moorish castle can entirely protect her—and if he were to discover her secret, she could be torn away from him forever. Yet how can she sustain his love if she’s living a lie?
The laughter Beatriz had shared earlier seemed a distant memory already. Doom clung to her, tightening her chest, moistening her palms. She paced like a caged animal, knowing she should leave the castle to give Tomás a chance at happiness with another woman.
Her legs went watery, not allowing her to flee. Dizzy, she leaned against the cabinet and breathed hard, trying to think of a solution.
She kept failing.
“Señorita Beatriz,” Yolanda called out.
Beatriz raised her face. “What?”
“Señora Doña Isabella has something she needs you to see.”
Hopefully not another trunk the servants had left in the hall with more gowns and other jewels. She didn’t want to try on anything else but couldn’t stomach being rude, given Isabella’s dear support. Beatriz pinched her cheeks and bit her lips to give herself color. Looking like a corpse wouldn’t solve anything.
Outside the chamber, she reminded herself to smile. What she produced felt more like a grimace.
Yolanda stood on the far side of the landing, gesturing for Beatriz to join her.
The moment she reached the landing, Yolanda motioned for Beatriz to stop, then pointed to the stairs.
She looked down.
The world faded away, tension draining from her shoulders, warmth replacing worry.
Tomás stood at the bottom of the staircase, his arm on the railing, face lifted to hers. Candlelight turned his hair to gold. Respect, friendship, love sparkled in his eyes.
She ran down the steps. Tomás took them two at a time to reach her. They met in the middle and held each other, their embrace more powerful than any spoken vow. Whatever happened in the future, he would always have her love.
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