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Rachael’s son, Timmy, wakes from nightmares about a killer knight--dark dreams made all too real when a knight appears in a flash of light and finds his way to Rachael’s doorstep.
Michel of Banesford loses all that he knows when he stalks a ruthless killer into the future, but its not until he meets Rachael and her young son that he understands the true potential for loss.
Rachael sighed. The stranger in her living room was drenched from head to toe. Wet clothing, semi-transparent by the rain, hugged him like a second skin, revealing a strong and muscled body. His hair, soaked and flat against his head and neck, appeared to be black, but it could have been dark brown. Except for the shiver she caught him desperately trying to hide, he seemed comfortable and unbothered by his circumstance.
Again he shivered.
Rachel worried her lip. Her brows rose. There was only one thing for him to do if he wanted to avoid falling ill. She eyed him warily, fighting indecision. “You need to get out of those wet clothes.” The words spilled out before she could stop them.
“Milady!” Michel quipped. “I did think you more reserved than that.”
Rachael felt her cheeks flush. “I meant, before you catch a chill. A hot shower will warm you up. There’s an old bathrobe upstairs that should fit you. You can wear it until your clothes dry.” She tightened her sash. “And please, call me Rachael.”
Michel bowed, his gaze unwavering. “Enchantée, Rachèle.”
“Not Rashelle,” Rachael corrected at the soft sh sound. “Rachael. Ch, like in church.”
Michel frowned. Again he tried. “Rachèle,” he repeated without success.
Rachael smiled. “Would you like a cup of tea before showering? You can take it with you.”
“Yes, tea. Would you like some to drink?”
“’Tis a warm drink?”
“Yes, of course.”
“Then, aye. I would.”
“Okay. I’ll be right back.” Rachael headed for the kitchen. The stranger in her living room unsettled yet intrigued her, and she was glad to have a moment alone to ponder her circumstance. Passing through the open doorframe, she flipped the light switch on, illuminating the room.
A loud crash echoed off the walls. Startled, Rachael spun to see Michel pressed against the counter--several broken cups scattered at his feet.
“Michel?” she queried. She took a hesitant step toward him then froze, his wide and wary stare piercing her through.
“Hold, sorcière!” Michel called out. Grabbing the flask at his side, he fumbled with the cork. When it released, a visible courage rose in him. Michel stepped boldly forward, prompting Rachael to stumble back.
“What’s wrong?” Rachael backed up farther still, placing the kitchen table between them. Her heart pounded.
“Play not the innocent with me, sorcière. I am well armed against the likes of you.”
“What are you talking about?” Pressed against the counter, Rachael reached behind her and opened the silverware drawer. Searching blindly through its contents, her fingers found a smooth wooden handle. Drawing the bread knife from the drawer, she held it before her. “Stay back,” she warned. “Stay back or I swear I’ll...” Words failed her and she edged along the counter, then the wall, skimming the table to slowly make her way around him to the living room.
Michel approached Rachael in slow cautious steps, his flask held out before him like a talisman. His every facial line spoke determination. His brows were tightly drawn, his lips taut. An ominous air surrounded him. This was not the gentle man she had opened her door to. This was a man with a mission. Again she stepped back. “Don’t come any closer,” she warned as she inched away. Suddenly the table flew aside and her doorway to escape filled with Michel’s formidable frame. Trapped, she watched his expression change from wary to victor, watched him finger the flask as if in deep questioning thought. Her stomach lurched.
Then his eyes flared fire then ice, and before she could react, he slid his hands about the bloated body of his flask and squeezed.
Rachael dropped the knife and lifted her arms to protect her face. Fear turned to rage when she ran her tongue over drenched lips. “Water! You shot me with water?” She grabbed a dishtowel from the counter and wiped her face dry. “What’s wrong with you?”
Linda Ciletti, a native of Western Pennsylvania, is a long time member of the Greensburg Writers' Group, and the Ligonier Valley Writers. She is a past member of Romance Writers of America. She has been writing for approximately thirteen years and has placed in numerous RWA chapter sponsored contests. She works full-time as an Educational Programs Coordinator at a local college and has completed a French minor. Linda is also a doll artist. She has four grown children, a delightful grandson and granddaughter, five cats and four goldfish. You can visit her website at www.lindaciletti.net
Linda Ciletti has created a powerful love story between Alys and Draegon. It will leave you anxious for the turn of each page. The slow developing romance is sweet and passionate at the same time. Draegon’s Lair will leave you wishing you could transport yourself into the novel and become the characters. I would highly recommend this novel to any romance enthusiast. -- 4 Stars, Melissa Curran, Scribesworld, http://www.scribesworld.com/reviews/
I loved this book. Beautiful story.
Draegon's Lair: A stirring medieval Beauty and the Beast novel that will keep you up at night to see what happens next. I had to take a week off before I could even write the review. I was at a loss for words (and THAT doesn’t happen too often, I assure you). I am in complete awe. Prepare to be swept away. Dialogue that is wonderfully pleasing to the senses and makes you feel like you were there. A hero and heroine you’ll get attached to. This is among the best medievals I’ve read. This is her first published book. I hope that Ms. Ciletti writes more books and soon. -- 4+ Stars, Shelley DeWayne, Suite 101, http://www.suite101.com/welcome.cfm/romance_novel_review/60472
Linda Ciletti’s Draegon’s Lair exhibits an extraordinary classic example of the well known and loved movie “Man in the Iron Mask.” Amazingly developed, you will find it burrows deep into your heart and refuses to leave. Linda Ciletti has created a powerful love story between Alys and Draegon. Together, Alys and Draegon form a lasting relationship whose foundation is derived from the strong emotional bond each can offer the other. As Draegon’s Lair draws to its dramatic climax, readers will be spellbound, not only by the story, memorable characters and the moral dilemma, but by Ms. Ciletti’s sheer storytelling ability. This is one which you should plan ahead to read from beginning to end. -- Suzie Housely, Myshelf, http://www.myshelf.com/romance/01/draegonslair.htm
This is a timeless story of passion, love and destiny that keeps you guessing what will happen on the next page. Draegon's Lair is well written and develops at a slow even pace so you feel the characters' deep emotions, be it love, fear or passion. -- 4 Stars, Mary Gramlich, Historical Romance Club, www.historicalromanceclub.com
Draegon's Lair: Ms. Ciletti has written a wonderful historical romance. The fear that overwhelms Draegon as he discovers love for the first time is poignant. Alys is a character that I felt deeply for as well. The scenes are filled with romance, fear and a breath of new found freedom. I was enticed to keep reading as the characters always found themselves in trouble. This reason alone makes for an entertaining read. For lovers of historical romances, this is a book that should be on your shelf. -- 5 Cups, Liadan, Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance, Reviewer for Karen Find Out About New Book
Draegon's Lair: The first thing I have to say about DRAEGON'S LAIR and what stood out for me the most, is the wonderful medieval feel this story has. Thankfully, the dialogue is written more in tune with that time period than having them all speak today's English (i.e., "Pray, I know not your name," as opposed to "Pray, I don't know your name.") It really set the atmosphere of the book and kept me right smack in the middle of the time period I was supposed to be in. As to a quick summary, DRAEGON'S LAIR is about two physically and emotionally wounded souls, who, through a series of trials and tribulations, come to love and heal each other for their happily-ever-after...
... DRAEGON'S LAIR was a book that I did enjoy, read fast, and that had a wonderfully tender love scene between Draegon and Alys near the end. Linda Ciletti shows she has a wonderful medieval writing voice, just perfect for telling tales of knights in shining armor coming to the aid of damsels in distress. -- Nancy Davis, www.romancereaderatheart.com
Book Publisher: Wings e Press
No. of Pages: 324
Paper Weight (lb): 13.6
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