Be Mine Tonight [NOOK Book]

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I am called Chapel . . .

For nearly six centuries I have roamed the night, a mortal man no longer. Would that I could undo the past -- when I entered the sanctuary of the Knights Templar to wrest from them the Holy Grail, only to discover the chalice I raised to my lips was not the sacred relic but a hellish cup of damnation. Now I shun the day and all things human, driven by an ungodly thirst. And yet...

Never have I known a maiden the like of...

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Overview

I am called Chapel . . .

For nearly six centuries I have roamed the night, a mortal man no longer. Would that I could undo the past -- when I entered the sanctuary of the Knights Templar to wrest from them the Holy Grail, only to discover the chalice I raised to my lips was not the sacred relic but a hellish cup of damnation. Now I shun the day and all things human, driven by an ungodly thirst. And yet...

Never have I known a maiden the like of Prudence Ryland, whose beauty and spirit awaken a heart I feared long cold and dead. But her young life is slipping away, and she also seeks the deliverance of the Grail -- unaware that the cost of her search could be her soul. I must help Prudence, for in six hundred years, no other woman has stirred my passions so. But dare I tender to my beloved that which she most desires -- the sensuous "gift" of forever that is both rapture and a curse: my immortal kiss?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061738722
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/13/2009
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 193,932
  • File size: 2 MB

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My husband says I have the best job in the world. The only thing that could top being paid to do what I love is if Avon Books decided that all their authors had to be hand-fed chocolate by Hugh Jackman, Gerard Butler, or John Cusack. But my husband probably wouldn't think so much of my job then, so instead I'll let him feed me chocolate and go on being forever thankful that I have the best job—and husband—in the world.

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Be Mine Tonight


By Kathryn Smith

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2006 Kathryn Smith
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060848367

Chapter One

Tintagel, Cornwall
1899

"You talked Papa into buying a parcel of land because you believe the Holy Grail is hidden there?"

Prudence Ryland knew her sister would not understand. "Yes."

Caroline's pretty face was marred with concern beneath the brim of her riding hat. "Darling, isn't this clutching at straws?"

Perhaps Caroline understood better than Pru had first thought.

Squinting against the sun -- her foolish little cap did nothing to shield her eyes -- Pru set her jaw. "Perhaps."

They were riding back from the village, Caroline on a gray mare, Pru on a chestnut gelding. With the men out hunting and their sisters busy at needlework, Caroline and Pru had desperately needed something to pass the day -- something that required air and exercise. Anything else would have left Pru alone in her head -- something she tried to avoid these days.

The afternoon was warm -- too warm for a velvet riding habit, as pretty as her dark green one was. But Caro had wanted one last ride before her pregnancy denied her the exercise. Sweat trickled beneath the boning of Pru's corset, making her itch. She would try to scratch if she thought it would do any good. Instead, she clenched her jaw and urged her mount into a trot.

Her sisterremained silent, blast her. Caroline knew she couldn't stand awkward pauses. She always had to fill them. "Will it not be worthwhile if the Grail is there?" Pru didn't mean just for her own benefit either, but for the benefit of the entire world.

"Only if it does what the legend claims." Caroline shook her head, the sun catching fire in the copper of her hair. "Really, Pru. The Grail is as elusive as Noah's ark! Don't you think that if it really existed, someone would have found it by now?"

Yes. No. "Perhaps no one has thought to look in the right spot." Perhaps she truly was grasping at straws, but what else could she do?

Caroline's green eyes were bright with worry. "I am worried about you."

She wasn't referring just to this hunt for the Grail. Pru glanced away. Of course her sister worried. Everyone in her family worried. They would continue to worry until . . . until she wasn't there to worry them any longer.

She turned a bright smile on her sister. "I am fine, Caro."

Her sister recoiled as if spat on. "You are not fine! You are -- " She stopped, choking on her words. Oh, no, she wasn't going to cry, was she? Poor Caroline, she was the most emotional of all of them -- the one with the kindest countenance and sweetest temper. Her hair and eyes were as bright as her spirit, while Pru's own auburn and hazel pairing was darker, more shadowed. Caro cried at the drop of a hat, and it broke Pru's heart every blasted time.

Smile gone, Pru leaned over -- at the risk of toppling herself to the ground between the two horses -- and touched her sister's arm. "I am fine, Caro. No matter what happens, I will be fine." She honestly believed that, but it didn't make the truth any easier to accept.

Caroline nodded, sniffing back her tears. Prudence righted herself as they turned down the lane to their father's estate. She and Caroline talked of trifling things for the rest of the ride -- mostly books they had both read and the new typewriting machine that Caroline's husband Walter had brought her. Their earlier conversation hung over them, however.

A small group of gentlemen were gathered in the horseshoe-shaped drive. It wasn't an entirely surprising scene. Thomas Ryland was a very sociable man and was often off visiting friends, or being visited; and with his family in residence for a month's visit or longer, other gentlemen from the area often joined the various outings. It was obvious, from the size of the group -- and the object they were clustered around -- that this was more than mere sociability.

Their father was about to go touring in his -automobile -- a "racing car" manufactured by the Daimler Company. Obviously the other gentlemen were there for a demonstration of the motorized carriage's capabilities. Even Prudence was aware that Daimler's racing car was capable of reaching speeds in the vicinity of fifty miles per hour. She knew because her father had told her, not because she had experienced such exhilaration firsthand. He never drove that fast with her in the vehicle.

Ever since attending the automobile show in Richmond earlier that summer, Thomas Ryland had become obsessed with the new mode of transport and was one of the few people in the area to own such a contraption. Pru's sister Georgia thought it dangerous, and that a man their father's age shouldn't indulge in such a pastime, but Pru loved the snappy little conveyance, with its red exterior and black leather seat. Her father refused to allow her to drive it -- claiming that he feared for her safety.

Hmpf. She saw how her father careened about like a madman. She could not be any worse at it than he. It was something she would have to discuss with him, because she didn't want to waste the remainder of her life being treated as though she were made of glass.

There was a time when he would have indulged his youngest daughter's desire to take the Daimler for a jaunt. A time when his biggest worry would have been for the car, not for Prudence.

The grooms had seen them approaching the house and were there waiting for them. Pru and Caroline dismounted and greeted their father and his guests. Their father shot Pru a look that covered her from head to toe, lingering on her face as though searching for some sign of fatigue or pain. Dear Papa, he was so very protective. She smiled at him, and bade he and his companions a good day.

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  • Posted December 8, 2008

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    A very sad and painful read....

    It was the saddest romance I have ever read. Granted the ending is predictable, but it was a sad journey. It lacked action and passion. There was romance, but not enough of the other two. What I found painful about this story was the main characters having sex as the heroine is suffering from advance uterine cancer, UGH! @. This was story told in a very Victorian era sort of way. If you have read Kresley Cole or J.R. Ward, this series is nothing like them. I think I'll past.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 25, 2011

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    I enjoyed this book

    I bought this book because it was recommended to me through whatshouldireadnextdotcom as being similar to Karen Marie Moning's Fever series. Despite this being a bodice-ripper (in a literal sense too!), I found the character of Pru refreshing. In forcing the character to deal with her own imminent mortality, Kathryn Smith gives more depth to Pru than I see in the average romance novel. This is something light to read when you already have the weight of the world on your shoulders, and I'm interested enough in the side tale of the Blood Grail to read the next book. I approve.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 7, 2011

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    Enjoyed It!

    Was surprisingly good...I thought it would be more like a cheesy, romance novel with no story...I was wrong. This book had a good story and kept me interested to the end. I will read the next one in this series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2010

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    Surprisingly good

    When I got this book, I thought it would be a so-so book. Boy, was I wrong. This is an excellent book. If you love Stephanie Meyer's Twilight Series, then you will love this. She writes in such a way that you feel for Pru and for Chapel and want them to get what they want most. This book was so good that I can't wait to read the rest in the series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 31, 2009

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    Love Vampires

    I have read many books and a wide selection of authors. I have found Mrs. Smith to be one of the good ones. I loved the story lines, history of characters, and pace in which the entire story moves. I could see her scenes in my mind like a movie and look forward to reading more of her work. I could not put the book down. I started with the first and continued thru the entire series with in 2wks I had them all read and looking for more like them.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Fantastic

    Chapel used to be a courageous yet arrogant man, who feared nothing. Six centuries ago, he crashed the inner sanctuary of the Knights Templar in order to gain immortality by drinking from the Holy Grail they guarded. He penetrated their barriers, defeated their guardians, and drank from the cup. Now he knows six hundred years later that he will roam forever condemned satiating his hellish thirst drinking blood at night.------------- However, he has found a reason to live when his eyes feast upon brave Prudence Ryland, but she is dying from ovarian cancer. Her only hope to live rests with drinking from the same cup that has condemned Chapel to be outside anything holy. However, he offers an alternative means to eternity his passionate kiss of death and rebirth if he dares.---------------- This is a magnificent vampire romance with an intriguing plot twist involving Prudence¿s health making her choices between 'unlife' and death. The story line is fast-paced as Chapel wonders whether he should condemn his beloved to a life of sorrow and regret though he admits love makes it worth while. Pru is a fabulous protagonist symbolizing much more than a strong protagonist with a dilemma she embodies life¿s complexities of much of the modern biological ethics debate this inside a paranormal romance will have readers toast Kathryn Smith for this excellent thought provoking thriller.----------- Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2012

    Totally moving.

    This actally involved all my emotions. Kept me involved from the first page. It had plenty of plot and drama to keep the story line moving and it kept me glued. Hated that it had to end. I will definitely look for more of her books.

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  • Posted September 8, 2009

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    Wonderful read

    I loved the characters and plot was good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2009

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    Great series

    I was very sceptical about ready this series but once I started I could not put them down. I had them all read in about 2 weeks. I gave them to my niece and she is reading them now. I really got into the carecters and what they were going through.
    Awesome! and I think she should write another vamp series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2007

    A good read!

    This is the first book in a series. I enjoyed the characters Pru and Chapel. Thier romance is bitter sweet at times. There is good development of the secondary charcters too. Pru's illness is a major focal point but is carried off exceptionally well without being overly maudlin. I look forward to the next book in the series, Night of the huntress.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2006

    You HAVE to read this!!

    I love this book. I love Pru and Chapel together, it is so great. You should really read this book, it made me laugh, cry, laugh and a whole other rage of emothions. Kathryn did a great job with this!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2006

    Could not put this book down

    This was by far the most heart-wrenching romance I've ever read. I read this book in one day - couldn't tear myself away because I had to see what would woulr happen next!! Thank you Kathryn Smith - now I have to read all of your other books! :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2006

    Took it with me everywhere

    I absolutly adore this book. I love everything about it. It made me cry like a fool a few times. Everyone should read this book. Although it does have some adult content, so it is probably better if 18+ read it only. READ THIS BOOK!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2006

    Loved this book!!!

    I could not put this book down. It made me laugh, it made me cry and it made me think. The chemistry between Pru and Chapel leapt of the pages. The author did great job and I'm now going to look up other books she's written.

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