A Forbidden Temptation (Shields Series #4)

A Forbidden Temptation (Shields Series #4)

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by Donna Grant, Antony Ferguson
     
 

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As one of the youngest men ever to have the title of general in ancient Rome's great army, fame and fortune were Valentius Romulus's bedmates. He was chosen by the Fae for his mastery of any weapon. Though the Shields like to claim they are stronger because of his skills, he knows he is only alive today because the Fae found him before his demons could put an end

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As one of the youngest men ever to have the title of general in ancient Rome's great army, fame and fortune were Valentius Romulus's bedmates. He was chosen by the Fae for his mastery of any weapon. Though the Shields like to claim they are stronger because of his skills, he knows he is only alive today because the Fae found him before his demons could put an end to his life. Adventure and danger have always ruled Valentius's life, and he thrives on the thrill of the hunt. He is loyal to the Shields, willing to give his life to follow Hugh and the others to fulfill their oaths to save the world. Who would have known following such great men would lead him to Nicole. She is everything he has ever wanted in a woman and more. She is innocent, pure, and beautiful of face and spirit. And she deserves better than him. Yet, every time he thinks of her in the arms of another man, he finds that he cannot let her go. For better or worse, Nicole has bound herself to him. He just prays that the demons loosen their hold before the past catches up with him and repeats itself.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781452662770
Publisher:
Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date:
07/29/2013
Series:
Shields Series, #4
Edition description:
MP3 - Unabridged CD
Product dimensions:
5.45(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.55(d)

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Chapter One

Highlands of Scotland

Winter 1436

The icy fingers of winter had nature firmly in her grasp. The cold slammed into Val's body as soon as he stepped through the time portal.

The Highlands, Aimery had told him.

Val blew out a breath and watched it cloud around him though the light of the full moon. He gritted his teeth against the bitter temperatures and gripped his halberd tightly in his hand.

His gaze scanned the darkness, noting the eerie quiet that had descended upon the area. He drew in a deep breath and frowned.

Evil.

Val quickly crouched down in the thick snow. He was out in the open, and the nearest grove of trees was several strides away. He would have to make a dash for it, but the heavy blanket of snow could slow him down.

Just as he was about to bolt to the trees, he heard it-the steady flap of wings through the night air. Val raised his head and saw the great beast silhouetted against the dark sky.

"By the gods," he whispered. He hesitated only a heartbeat before he stood and ran to the trees.

The small grove offered little protection. With the shadows hiding him, Val took his time to scout the area. The castle stood high atop one of the smaller mountains with the village below it in the valley. Massive mountains surrounded the area, making it near impossible to reach the town or castle without being seen many leagues away.

His gaze searched the skies again, and it didn't take him long to find the creature. With no word from Gabriel, the other Shield, Val would have to do this alone.

He missed having Roderick and Elle with him, but with the great evil closing in quickly,Roderick had to take Elle and watch over her and the other Chosen.

Only one more needed to be found to end the great evil. One more woman who bore the mark of the Chosen, and then all this could end.

From the brief conversation he had with Aimery, the Fae Commander had told him that Cole, another Shield, had not only found his mate, but had also found the third Chosen one. It was cause for celebration, but the celebrating would have to wait. Evil still had a tight hold on Earth.

He was about to make his way to the village when he heard the snow crunch. Val tensed and gripped his halberd with both hands, ready to strike at a moment's notice.

Val molded his back to a tree and waited. Out of the corner of his eye, he saw the shadow against the snow. He stepped out and aimed the point of his halberd at the throat of the man.

"Who are you?"

A soft chuckle devoid of humor reached him. Val tried to peer into the hood of the cloaked form but saw only shadows. The man did not smell of evil, but that didn't mean the man wasn't evil.

"And here I thought I might receive a warm welcome," the man said and swept aside the hood of his cloak.

Val instantly lowered his weapon as he recognized Gabriel. He shook his head and clasped Gabriel's forearm. "I was beginning to wonder where you were."

"I've been scouting the area," Gabriel replied. "I knew Aimery would have you arrive outside the village."

"Did you see it?" Val asked.

Gabriel's silver gaze met his. "I did. I was on my way to the village when you stopped me."

"Then let us go," Val said.

Without another word the two men started toward the village. They had gone only a few steps when they heard the shrill cry.

The men exchanged a look before lengthening their strides to race down the mountain. They saw the flames before they reached the village.

"The creature will be after the Chosen one," Gabriel yelled over the screams of the villagers.

Val nodded. "Let's hope we find her in time."

Neither spoke as they reached the village and took in the devastation. Chaos reigned as people ran about, their cries echoing in the night. Some held the wounded, some held the dead.

Yet not all of the village had been touched.

"He left us a trail," Val said and pointed to the line of destruction.

Gabriel smiled. "Let's not keep him waiting."

Meet the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Donna Grant has been praised for her "totally addictive" and "unique and sensual" stories. She has written more than thirty novels spanning multiple genres of romance. She lives with her husband, two children, a dog, and four cats in Texas. Visit donnagrant.com.

AudioFile Earphones Award winner Antony Ferguson is a native of London, England. He is a classically trained actor and has appeared in numerous productions in London, Off-Broadway, and regional theater. As a voice actor, he has over fifty audiobooks to his credit. Antony lives in Los Angeles.

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A Forbidden Temptation [The Shields Series Book 4] 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
would have been better if someone had checked their scanning before releasing this book. unable to read it because all the pages are cut off. extremely disappointed. wish someone would fix it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This author needs to proofread her books before releasing them to readers. Many stupid spelling errors that spellcheck does not pick up on! To charge what we paid is not fair. However, the stories are good.
Anonymous 8 months ago
I can't wait for the last one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series. Adventure love, fate and strength beyond measure
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sandyqw More than 1 year ago
I love all of Donna Grant's books. The Shields is a great innovative series.
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brodiemom More than 1 year ago
Loved Val and Nichole's story. A great addition to the series......
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Wooze08 More than 1 year ago
This is part of The Shields series- book number 4- and just like the rest, it's a great mix of myth, hot men, damsels who can put up their own fight, and a fun plot that you're waiting anxiously to see how everything ties together and will end. Keep reading!
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Hfowler More than 1 year ago
i very much enjoyed the story about Val; he was one I was looking forward to reading when I started the series. There is something about a Roman General, knowing the history of Rome and sex, that made me think that this story would be highly entertaining. I was not disappointed.
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Another great book in this series.