Kallen de Mangeron grew up in a convent, her noble family never knowing of her birth. When a new Mother Superior informs them of her existence, they send trusted knight Griffith Sommersby to escort her home.
Griffith’s heart broke when he lost his wife and infant son during childbirth, and he’s kept his feelings locked away from the world—until he meets Kallen. He soon learns her dark secret—that she sees auras around people—which allows her insight into their actions and personalities.
Now Quentin, bastard brother to the king, decides to harness Kallen’s gift in a plot to win the throne. Will Quentin successfully use a kidnapped Kallen as his political pawn, or will Griffith be able to stop him before Kallen changes the course of England’s history?
“Crispin wants you to be happy,” Griffith said.
Kallen mulled over that thought before she spoke. “Why does he wish me to be happy?”
Surprise shone on her escort’s face. “You are niece to him, my lady. Your mother Bevia was his older sister. She cared for him and played with him when they were children. He missed her a great deal once she was gone.”
Kallen stared into his eyes. “But why would he care about me? He has never seen me.”
“You are family, Lady Kallen. Crispin would do anything for you. He regrets not knowing you existed and is eager to reunite you with your family. Deva, too, longs for a sister. We have none, only each other. Deva always wished I were a sister and not a pesky, older brother. Lady Alita, your grandmother, has been in poor health of late, but the news of your return to Mangeron has her sprung from her sickbed and dancing upon air.”
She eyed him warily. “Surely you jest?”
“Well, mayhap about the dancing part, but the lady is up and moving about. All are ready to welcome you with open arms.”
He laughed, an easy laugh that made her tingle in a funny way.
“You are most delightful, my lady. You speak bluntly and do not have the manner of most noblewomen in society.”
Kallen grimaced. “I was afraid of that. I grew up so isolated, I won’t be sure if I am breaking society’s rules with my frankness, for I have never mixed in it. Mayhap you can give me a signal when I fall astray. Scratch your head or blink your eyes rapidly. Or you could tug on your earlobe or snap your fingers. No, snapping might draw attention. Hmm. Now that could be a good thing, because attention would fall from me to you, but if you snapped often enough, there might be those that would figure out our game.
Why don’t you—”
“Why don’t I let you be? You are charming as is. The de Mangerons will fall in love with you and do your bidding after having only known you a day.” His dark blue eyes twinkled at her as he added, “Or mayhap ‘twill take two.”
Kallen smiled. She liked this Lord Griffith. Even if his aura confused her to no end.
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Lauren Linwood became a teacher who wrote on the side to maintain her sanity in a sea of teenage hormones. Her historical romances use history as a backdrop to place her characters in extraordinary circumstances, where their intense desire for one another grows into the treasured gift of love. Her romantic suspense novels feature strong heroes and heroines who unite to defeat a clever antagonist and discover a deep, abiding love during their journey.
A native Texan, Lauren lives in a Dallas suburb with her family. An avid reader, moviegoer, and sports fan, she manages stress by alternating yoga with long walks. She plans to start a support group for House Hunters addicts—as soon as she finishes her next piece of dark chocolate.
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