September 29, 2010

Descent Into Darkness by Lara Hogg

He has come back from war, fighting Napoleon¹s men on a ship. She is a lovely shopkeeper with a great sense of humor. A heroic heart rests inside this insecure, intelligent beauty, and she will be called to prove it. She and her love are pitted against each other for the sake of their families and some terrible accusations. She will be in constant peril as she gathers evidence to convict his dangerous brother of a harrowing crime. His heart breaks when he discovers something about her sister. Can their love survive the results of their investigations? They devise a dangerous plan to get to the truth, which brings them into the heart of Napoleon's camp in 1812 Russia as spies. Risking everything, they must get to the truth.


“You want me gone?” The corners of his lips turned down.

She brought pleading eyes to his face. “I merely want you separated from your brother.”


“Something happened. He...” She wrung her hands.

He studied her.

“Take me with you.” Her lip quivered.

He curled his fingers around her arm. “No. It would be risky.”

“Where are we going?”


“I pray you, Duncan.” She bowed her head and squeezed her eyes shut. “Please.”

“It’s dangerous.”

She opened her eyes. “I don’t mind that, as long as I'm by your side. If you left me here, it’s a certainty that you’ll come back a widower.” Her beseeching gaze tore at his heart.

He sighed and embraced her trembling form, rubbing his hand in comfort over her back. “You’re truly terrified. All right. I’ll take you. It’s fortunate you speak French. And French manners and customs?”

Her brow narrowed. “Of course, but what does that have to do with anything?” She stood.

“We are to be Monsieur et Madame.”

She could do nothing but stare.

“Where are we going?”

“To see the Emperor Napoleon.”

She paled and fell backward. He caught her around the waist before she hit the mattress.

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