Kirkus Reviews - "... a comforting read featuring a couple worth rooting for from their first dagger-point meeting."
The latest from Award-Winning Author Carmen Caine:
(Scotland, 1482) - To the scandalous Lord Julian Gray, marriage is a malady and nothing more.
How can a man even court a lass longer than a fortnight when there are so many pouting lips to kiss?
Roaming the courts of Europe, Julian appears to spend his time drinking wine, wagering gold, and dandling willing lasses upon his knee. But no one knows the man behind the mask. No one knows that he is Le Marin--Europe's most daring and brazen spy.
But everything changes the night he finds a dagger pressed against his ribs and an alluring hazel-eyed minx in his bed.
Born into the Vindictam, the renowned Venetian family of assassins, Liselle dreams of the day she will be allowed to practice the family craft. And when she is sent to the Scottish court, her dream is finally realized. But is it an honor ... or a curse?
As the threat of civil war looms over Scotland, and the king's own brother conspires with the English to put himself on the Scottish throne, Julian can't help but be distracted by the mysterious Venetian beauty and her many secrets.
But will it be his undoing?
While each of these books is a standalone story, "The Daring Heart" continues the story of King James III of Scotland where "The Bedeviled Heart" left off.
And Liselle and Julian never existed, but Lord Gray did. It was Lord Gray's telling of the tale concerning the mice and the cat that brought about the events of Lauder Bridge that sealed the fate of Thomas Cochrane. The story of King James III and his brother Albany is based off of true historical events, along with the story of Dolfino Dolfin's exile from Venice. However, I don't think it was at the request of the Vindictam. But as they are a secret society ... who is to say? :)
And while my goal is to weave history throughout these stories in an effort to make them all the more entertaining, these books will always be romances first and historical second.
"The Kindling Heart" begins the story with Bree and Ruan in the Isle of Skye.
"The Bedeviled Heart" covers Cameron and Kate's dramatic romance against the backdrop of court intrigue and witchcraft.
"The Daring Heart" brings the adventure of Lord Julian Gray as he meets his match in the Italian assassin, Liselle.
"The Bold Heart" weaves the spell of fated love with Merry rescuing Ewan in the events leading up to the Battle of Sauchieburn -- completing the circle of how it all began.
OTHER BOOKS BY CARMEN CAINE ( MADISON ADLER )
Madison Adler/Carmen Caine writes fantasy under the name of Madison Adler and Medieval Romances under the name of Carmen Caine.
The "Glass Wall" is the first book of her new quirky paranormal series about ancient beings, Tulpas and different dimensions:
"The Glass Wall" ( Available )
"The Brotherhood of the Snake" ( Available )
"The Inner Circle" ( Available )
Her Scottish Medieval series, "The Highland Heather and Hearts Scottish Romance Series" covers the span of years ranging from 1478-1488:
"The Kindling Heart"( Available )
"The Bedeviled Heart" ( Available )
"The Daring Heart" (Available)
"The Bold Heart"( 2013/14 )
ABOUT THE AUTHOR Like many of us on this planet, Carmen Caine/Madison Adler is from another world. She spends every moment she can scribbling stories on sticky notes that her kids find posted all over the car, house, and barn.
When she is not working as a software engineer, she is busy ferrying her kids to various appointments, writing lyrics for her husband's songs, rescuing her blankets from being eaten by her Doberman 'Ajax', attempting to tame her three insane cats, scratching her three Nigerian Dwarf Goats behind the horns or coddling her flock of thirty bizarre chickens from around the world.
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