Mystique (Bantam Books Historical Romance) by Amanda Quick

By Amanda Quick

A tantalizing story of a mythical knight and a headstrong girl whose bold quest for a mysterious crystal will draw them right into a whirlwind of treachery–and wish.

When the fearsome knight known as Hugh the Relentless swept into Lingwood Manor like a hurricane, everybody cowered–except woman Alice. Sharp-tongued and unrepentant, the flame haired good looks believed Sir Hugh used to be no longer an individual to dread however the solution to her goals. She knew he had come for the spectacular eco-friendly crystal, knew he will be displeased to discover that it was once now not in her ownership. but Alice had a proposition for the darkish and forbidding knight: In go back for a dowry that may loose Alice and her brother from their uncle's snatch, she could lend her powers of detection to his warrior's talents and jointly they'd get better his precious stone. yet whilst Hugh accredited her phrases, he extra a of his personal: woman Alice needs to comply with a brief betrothal–one that may quickly draw her deep into Hugh's nice stone fort, and right into a conflict which may threaten their lives...and their in simple terms likelihood at love.

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Of course, my lord. " Chapter 4 «^» Sir Ralf choked on his morning ale. " His round, heavy features screwed themselves into a grimace as he sputtered and coughed. "Your pardon, sir," he gasped. "But did I hear rightly? " Hugh helped himself to a wedge of aging bread. The unappetizing breakfast fare that had appeared from the kitchens this morning indicated that Alice had lost interest in culinary matters after she had arranged last night's banquet. The lady had achieved her goal and had promptly ceased working her magic.

I want it back. " Alice looked distinctly uneasy. " One step at a time, he reminded himself. He did not want to frighten her off at this stage. Now that he had hit upon this scheme, he was convinced it would work. But he needed Alice's cooperation. There was no time to search for another bride. " "But a vow of betrothal is very nearly as binding as a wedding vow," Alice protested. " "You know as well as I do that such scholars are in the minority. In truth, betrothals are broken readily enough, especially if both parties are agreed on the matter.

She blushed. "That is most gracious of you, my lord. I discovered a book in the small library of the local convent that describes the device but there were no instructions for its use. " The glow faded quickly from her huge eyes. It was promptly replaced by renewed wariness. "About this betrothal, my lord. " Hugh wandered over to a table holding a large array of stones and crystals. He picked up a chunk of reddish stone and examined it. " "That is no doubt your own fault, my lord," she said crisply.

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