Monday, December 12, 2011

I missed this until today!! I ADORE her books!!


Reckless Night

What do you give your beautiful wife when you’ve got all the money in the world but can’t spend it?
Victor ‘Drake’ Drakovitch used to run a criminal empire, but he gave it all up for the woman he loves. Grace, an accomplished artist, abandoned the life she knew in order to be with the one man she could never live without.Exiled to an island far from their former lives, the stay safe from the watchful eye of Drake’s many enemies. This Christmas, Drake wants to show Grace how much her sacrifice means. But what can he give a woman who shuns gold jewelry and diamonds, furs and expensive cars? Grace doesn’t want fancy things; she wants what Drake can give her—unquestioning devotion, fierce protection… and the best sex a woman has ever had.
Until danger strikes and Grace realizes that the best gift of all is a dangerous husband.

Read an Excerpt

Malua, Sivuatu
December 23
Manuel Rabat opened his present with a heavy heart, knowing it would be absolutely perfect because his absolutely perfect wife, Victoria, was a world-class artist.
Even the fucking wrapping paper was perfect. Hand-made wrapping paper. Florentine-style marbleized paper in brilliant swirls of turquoise and emerald green. A work of art in itself, something his brilliant wife probably shot off casually on some morning in which she had a little spare time.
But the gift, ah. The gift was not something shot off casually. It was the work of many painstaking hours of labor that his wife had put in because…she loved him.
It still astonished him.
He carefully opened the package and looked down at the small square canvas.
A portrait of his hand. His hand on a table, a small vase of flowers in the background. He stared. It was utterly perfect. He had big, strong hands and she captured that strength, the raised veins, the scars, even the yellow calluses on the side of his hand from a lifetime of judo.
His hand wasn’t beautiful, but it was large and powerful and she caught that, perfectly, and set it against the delicate crystal vase of flowers in the background, the flowers at the edge of maturity, just ready to drop their petals. The contrast between the powerful male hand and the delicate bouquet was stunning.
The canvas looked ancient, like some Renaissance painting by one of the old masters that had time travelled to their home, the dark background and earth tones of his hand offsetting the pale pastels of the flowers.
He pointed to the vase of stunning flowers. “What are those, my love?”
His wife smiled. “Peonies.”
They looked like roses, only fuller, more beautiful even.
And the perfect finishing touch, giving it a patina of ancient mystery—gilt flourishes around the edges, making a golden frame within the carved wooden frame. And…if you looked closely, the perfectly symmetrical pattern revealed itself to be tiny interlinked ‘d’s. Her secret signal to him, the only time she allowed herself to even think his name.
Because his name wasn’t Manual Rabat, not at all.
In a previous life, what felt like a century ago, his name had been Viktor ‘Drake’ Drakovitch. A name that had been feared and envied in many places and hated everywhere.
A name that even now would bring hitmen out of the woodwork if there was even a hint that he was alive. Criminals from all over the world would come crawling out from under rocks to travel to Oceania to have the privilege of killing him.

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