Scoundrel's Kiss [NOOK Book]

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When It Comes To Temptation. . .

Turning his back on his old life as a rogue, Gavriel de Marqueda has joined a monastic order in Spain and taken a vow of chastity. Before he becomes a monk, he must pass one final test: help a woman who has lost her way. But when he lays eyes on Ada of Keyworth, he is tempted beyond measure by her sultry beauty and dangerous curves. . .

Rules Are Meant To Be Broken. . .

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Overview

When It Comes To Temptation. . .

Turning his back on his old life as a rogue, Gavriel de Marqueda has joined a monastic order in Spain and taken a vow of chastity. Before he becomes a monk, he must pass one final test: help a woman who has lost her way. But when he lays eyes on Ada of Keyworth, he is tempted beyond measure by her sultry beauty and dangerous curves. . .

Rules Are Meant To Be Broken. . .

Far from her home in England, Ada has been battling inner demons for more than a year. When she discovers that her only friend has abandoned her, she has no choice but to grudgingly accept Gavriel's help. But Ada is not fooled. Though Gavriel wears the robes of a monk, Ada sees that he is a virile man who looks at her with a hunger that matches her own—one that begs to be satisfied again and again. . .

"Readers will delight in this inventive foray into a legendary place." —Susan Wiggs, New York Times Bestselling Author on What a Scoundrel Wants

Carrie Lofty was born in California, raised amongst Hoosiers and Buckeyes, and found the love of her life in England. After earning her master's degree with a thesis on Old West legends, she was excited to learn other parts of the world have history too—and then set about researching it all. Two daughters and a half-dozen moves later, Carrie and her family settled just north of Chicago, where she is busy creating her next adventure.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781420120691
  • Publisher: kensington publishing
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 391,365
  • File size: 754 KB

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  • Posted December 30, 2009

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    A Great Love Story

    Carrie Lofty sweeps her readers away to exotic Moorish Spain, in her newest novel Scoundrel's Kiss, a fabulous follow-up to her Zebra debut, What a Scoundrel Wants.

    In a land of contrasts, divided by several faiths, Ada of Keyworth is in the throes of a debilitating dependence on opium. Once a scholar in England, now Ada seeks only a mindless, blissful escape from brutal memories of her past in England. In her desperation, she rushes headlong into danger.

    Gavriel de Marqueda is a novice of the knightly Order of Santiago, also determined to leave the past behind him. He blindly follows his master, Gonzalo Pacheco, who has one final test of Gavriel's devotion before he can join the Order. Gavriel soon finds himself standing in a brothel, where the beautiful Ada, in the clutches of the opium, awaits the highest bidder. Her friend Jacob rescues her, but knowing he cannot ease Ada's addiction, he asks Gavriel to help her overcome it. She will be his final test.

    Traveling north beyond the ragged mountains of Toledo, Ada awakens from her stupor to find herself in the company of Gavriel, his master and another novice, Fernan. Neither man is truly as he appears, each carrying a secret of his own. Ada teases Gavriel with her bold sensuality. He struggles with a growing attraction to her, which threatens to undo his tenuous control. Later, Gavriel separates from the brothers of his Orders, and travels alone with her. Danger stalks them along the frontier. Shadowy men with ties to Gavriel's past are on their trails. All his personal oaths are soon in jeopardy, for in addition to a vow not to kill, he's also taken a vow of celibacy.

    When Ada arrives at the Order's stronghold, she seemingly free of her opium dependence, but another addictive need, for Gavriel, has replaced it. The old temptation of the drug is also never far from her. Yet, Gavriel remains steadfast at her side. Their bond strengthens when he reveals his past, and recognizes the danger which surrounds them. But unknown to both of them, Ada holds a stunning connection to his past, one that will determine their fates, and the survival of a Spanish kingdom.

    Carrie Lofty is a wonderfully, talent writer, and her Scoundrel's Kiss is an engaging story. Ada and Gavriel, both haunted by their pasts, find common ground and absolution in each other. They are memorable, for their bravery and resilience with each new trial, but even more, for the power of their love.

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  • Posted December 3, 2009

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    This medieval romance is a terrific tale

    In 1201 in Toledo, the Kingdom of Castile, Lady Ada of Keyworth is addicted to drugs. She owes a fortune to unsavory people and desperately needs her next dose, but has nothing to sell. Apothecary storeowner Hamid implies she has one last item of value. In exchange for the tincture, he will sell her at a sex auction.

    Novice monk Gavriel de Marqueda rescues Ada, but believes she may prove to be his savior. Before taking his final vows, the celibate monk must redeem a lost soul. The problem Gavriel faces is his desire for the woman who is his quest. As Ada struggles with withdrawal, they travel together to his monastery while he hides his need behind icy aloofness. Ada believes she needs to help him withdraw from the demons eating at his soul.

    This medieval romance is a terrific tale that focuses on what we believe is modern issues of drug addiction (what Opium Wars?) and priestly celibacy. The lead couple is a fabulous pairing who bring alive the era and the problems they face. Fans will enjoy this fine tale and seek the previous Scoundrel's story (see What A Scoundrel Wants) as Carrie Lofty provides a profound timely tale.

    Harriet Klausner

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