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To discover the identity of his enemy, Kiile first had to loosen the tongue of the assassin – a short, sassy and most outrageous wench.
At an Argon’s mercy she might be, but Katina had a surprise for this golden-haired sex god and it was all bad.
Keeping one eye on the slumbering man, she carefully opened drawers and peered in, moving aside objects or garments as necessary. There was nothing useful in any of them.
Frowning, she glanced around then her gaze settled on the bedside drawers upon which the light sat. Ah-ha. The one place she hadn’t looked and it made sense that if the instrument to unlock the collar was anywhere, it would be close to him.
Which meant she had to be close to him.
Be calm, take a deep breath. Move quietly, bump nothing. Don’t touch anything that doesn’t need to be touched.
On tiptoe she approached the drawers and slowly opened the top one. Conscious of Kiile sleeping less than an arms length away--what a nerve-wracking thought--she scanned the contents. A folded hanky, a small notepad and pen, a deck of cards and... fine silk cord? Ye Gods, what was that for? Don’t think about it.
A nervous glance proved him still asleep. It also showed that he was naked, at least, his top half was. The covers bunched on his lap hid any further evidence of his state of dress--or undress.
The man had an impressive physique. The high-necked, black uniform jacket had hinted at his strength but hidden the muscles that swelled in his chest and arms. Even his stomach, though flat, was ribbed with muscle. She wondered if the skin covering the impressive show of muscle was as smooth as it looked.
The feel of something cool brought her attention back to the second drawer in which her hand was carefully exploring. Black satin scarves? Kiile, she decided, had unusual tastes. She’d never seen him wear a scarf. And why were the scarves here instead of the clothes drawer? And this bottle of... massage oil?
She nearly dropped it when she read the label ‘Bedroom Secrets’. Quickly she replaced it in the drawer. It was no secret now what he used it for. Wiping her hands on her tunic--a trickle of oil must have been on the outside of the bottle--she glanced once more at the slumbering figure.
The handsome face was even more boyish in sleep. Deceiving, that. Closing the drawer quietly, she opened the third and nearly fell headfirst into it in shock. A book lay inside, the cover leaving no doubt as to the contents. A man and woman in a very compromising position wearing nothing but smiles. Very big smiles. Very big, satisfied smiles.
She nearly slammed the drawer shut but a glint of metal sticking out from between the pages caught her eye. Perhaps this was the key to unlocking the collar!
Lifting out the thick book, she flipped it open and a thin instrument winked dully up at her. The peculiar shape at the end perfectly matched the peculiar shaped hole on the side of the collar. It was the key to her freedom!
Picking it up, she fitted it into the collar, which opened instantly. Catching it before it hit the floor covering, she pushed it beneath the big bed and started to replace the key in the book until the picture caught her eye.
What the hell were the couple doing? Turning it sideways, her eyes widened. She was lying on top of him, facing his feet, her mouth on his... and his mouth between her thighs against her...
Katina didn’t know which way to look until she remembered that she was alone--you really couldn’t count a sleeping person--and looked back at the picture. What else was in here?
Turning the page, she studied the picture. The naked man was sitting on a chair--so what?--and a woman was straddling him, preparing to lower herself on his big, jutting--oh. That’s what. The picture opposite was similar except the woman had her back to him. Turning the page quietly, Katina thought she’d never look at another chair in quite the same way again. Glancing quickly around the room, she spotted a chair in the corner and uncomfortably her heart started to thump. Stealing a look at the boyish face, she wondered if he’d ever used it like that.
Born in Victoria, Australia, my childhood was spent in a variety of places, both in towns and the outback. Now settled in Western Australia, I work as a nurse. A love of animals has me involved in animal welfare, and certainly explains why the cats hog my bed and the hot water bottle!
Reading has always been my escape, writing my dream. Horror, myths, legends, fantasy and history – there are no limits to the wonders to be found. And romance? Well, that adds the spice, hope and happiness ever after.
"...a very powerful story, full of action and feelings. You won't want to put this book down until you have finished it." Lydia Funneman, Writers Unlimited reviewer
Heart of an Outlaw is one action packed thrill-ride! New author Angela Verdenius has made quite a debut with her cast of strong characters that will have readers begging for more. If readers are fans of the futuristic genre of romance, then Heart of an Outlaw is not to be missed. The continuous action will keep readers glued to the pages. Rating: 4, Miriam van Veen, Love Romances
There is plenty to like about this book. The characters are adventurous, the world intriguing with plenty of room to expand... making this one adventure story hard to stop reading. , Janet Miller, reviewer , Science Fiction Romance
Love's Sweet Assassin: "...oozes sensuality in this epic tale of seduction and danger." -- Joanna Challis author "The Secret of the Phoenix"
Love's Sweet Assassin: "She takes you inside the heart and mind of her character's." -- Tamia Dawn Osburn author "The Guardian of Paradise
Soul Of A Hunter: “…a beautiful romance packed with adventure and a hero to die for. Simply un-putdownable!”-- Joanna Challis, Silverthorn, The Secret of the Phoenix
Soul Of A Hunter: “Once you enter the soul of the bounty hunter you do not want to leave. From the powerful Daamens to the dark magic of the Overlord, Soul of a Hunter keeps you reading and wanting more.” -- Steve Gambuti, Stone of Cordova
Soul Of A Witch: “…leap into mysticism. Her explanations of the different spiritual planes that are traveled and of the mystical battles that are fought are concise and riveting.” -- Brenda Edde, reviewer, Romance Junkies
Soul Of A Witch: “Ms. Verdenius has a way of making other worlds come alive. Once you start reading you are so into the story that everything about these worlds seems real.” -- Lydia Funneman, reviewer, Writers Unlimited
Soul Of A Witch: “This is an absolute great book to read. I didn’t want it to stop. I loved the way Ms.Verdenius makes the characters believable.” -- Lynne Latimer, author.
“Soul Of A Witch: …makes you believe in the powers of the unseen. You don’t want to miss this struggle between good and evil…” JoEllen Conger, author, Return of The Goddess
“Soul Of A Witch: …loaded with action, suspense and of course romance… combines, science fiction, fantasy and romance with a touch of humor. If I had to rate this story on a scale of one to ten, I would give it an eleven!” -- Steve Gambuti, author, Center Moon: Stone of Cordova
Heart Of a Traitor “…makes your heart pound, the blood race through your veins, and makes you hold your breath…” -- Lydia Funneman, reviewer, Writers Unlimited
Heart Of a Traitor “…an intriguing story where the black and white of right and wrong blur.” -- Brenda Edde, reviewer, Romance Junkies
Heart Of a Traitor “…fast-paced and unpredictable, leading to an exciting melee. Once again, I cannot urge readers strongly enough to read Angela Verdenius’ Heart and Soul series. It is an exciting futuristic world, one that you will want to revisit many times over.” -- Naomi, Fallen Angel Reviews.
“This is without a doubt one of the best futuristic romance series I’ve ever read and HEART OF A TRAITOR proves that Ms. Verdenius is at the top of her game.”-- Susan Biliter, eCataRomance
Heart Of a Traitor “Like a black hole, Angela’s fun-loving sojourns draw you into her ever expanding galaxy, from which there is no return.“ ~ Jemma Hipper, Intrepid Explorer ~
“If you love futuristic romance, you will probably already be familiar with Angela Verdenius’s Heart and Soul books, if you are not, Soul of the Forgotten is a perfect place to start; prepare yourself for a real treat and a new addiction!”, -- Naomi, Fallen Angel Reviews, 5 angels & RR angel
Book Publisher: Wings e Press
No. of Pages: 353
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