"The action and exotic settings of the novels are richly atmospheric; Venice itself becomes almost another character. This is a delightful series, and I finished the second book eager to read the third." - Historical Novel Society Review
You've met the colorful characters of the House of Baric in Part One: Shields Down, witnessed their loyal bonds of friendship, watched their willing romances, and wondered what other family secrets will be revealed.
In book two of this fast-paced tale set in the 17th century Venetian Empire, the story picks right up where the first book left off: the mercenaries are waiting.
Mauro's new brother-in-law's arrival stirs up trouble, while the elegant Venetian guests at Baric Castle do, too. But Mauro's worries mount for different reasons, and his past pain can no longer stay buried. In Part Two: A Brother's Defense, he must face his personal demons.
Set in the summer of 1649, this gripping saga of revenge, redemption, and romance does not disappoint. Questions from Part One will be answered, and more will come to light, as this engaging trilogy speeds along.
Swords will be drawn in A Brother's Defense when Mauro solves the mystery. But their story isn't over. Their saga continues, with one more book in the series to follow.