DAYS OF DESIRE
(Book 2 – Pirate’s Prize Series)
(available for preorder – ready to read July 4, 2017)
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In a pirate’s lair, nothing is as it seems . . .
Shipwrecked! When Royce Hastings is found washed up on the shore of a verdant tropical island, he tells the natives he is a merchant headed for Mozambique. The truth, however, is far more mercenary. Noble by birth, the once favored Royce has lost his fortune and family; now he is a hired henchman on the trail of an elusive pirate. His “shipwreck” was a fake. He’ll stop at nothing to infiltrate the island and capture his prey. His mother and sisters’ lives depend on it.
The last thing Royce expects is to be captured himself. But the lovely young woman who tends to his wounds in the tropics quickly takes hold of his heart. Simone is the island’s healer, and her skilled ministrations not only awaken his soul but disturb his conscience. His path has been predetermined; his identity must remain concealed at all costs. Yet the passion he feels in Simone’s sultry, loving arms cannot be denied. With his loyalties torn, Royce must make an agonizing, unthinkable choice. . . .
“The story is brimming with risqué retorts and searing sex scenes.”
—Publishers Weekly on Passionate Pursuit
“Fantine, over here.” Simone directed the taller woman to put what she carried on the table near the bed.
“You left this on the beach where you shouldn’t have been.” Gavra held up a damp silk bag. Sand clung to it. She wore a beaded band about her neck. Her slightly rounded belly reminded Royce of Diana’s. Being with child and not feeling well might explain Gavra’s sour mood.
Simone took the bag. “Merci.” She flicked her hand. “You can go now.”
“We should watch.”
Fantine regarded the battling women. “Why should we stay?”
Simone smiled stiffly. “Gavra is making a joke. I heal better without anyone watching me.”
After shooing them away, Simone arranged her materials on the table. A blue silk bag dropped to the floor in back.
She crouched to reach it. Her cloth fell away from her leg, revealing a sleek, brown thigh marred by a brutal scar, horribly deep, the skin rutted and white.
Surprised, he reacted. “What happened?”
She flinched at Royce’s question and hurriedly covered her leg, her cheeks flaming.
He hadn’t meant to add to her distress and tipped his head to the window. “What happened to him…Adamo?” Royce kept his voice low. “His face and arm look odd.”
She poured water into a shallow bowl. “The pirates beat him.”
“Tristan and the redheaded man?”
“James? No. Never them. Both are kind and help my people. Their old crew came here to take Diana back to a cruel merchant.”
Bishop. “Didn’t the pirates live here too?”
“No. Only Tristan, Peter, and James. The other men never knew about this isle.”
“How did they find it?” Royce had a bloody hard time locating this place. Its shallow waters made the land impossible for ships to approach.
“Canela brought them to our shore.”
“She was born here as I was, her parents islanders, the same as mine. Until she betrayed Adamo, she was his woman. Yellow Scarf nearly killed Adamo. Tristan banished him, the other men, and Canela to a distant island.”
“Who lashed Tristan and Peter?” Their scarred backs had stunned Royce.
“Cruel capitaines. I must remove your clothes.”
They barely covered him, both garments already shredded before he’d reached the beach.
She dropped his tattered shirt on the floor and focused on his breeches.
Tina is an Amazon and international bestselling novelist in erotic, paranormal, contemporary and historical romance for traditional publishers and indie. Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly, Romantic Times and numerous online sites have praised her work. Three of her erotic novels were Readers' Choice Award winners. Another three were named finalists in the EPIC competition. One of her erotic contemporary romances was chosen Book of the Year at the French review site Blue Moon reviews. The Golden Nib Award at Miz Love Loves Books was created specifically for one of her erotic romances. Two of her titles received an Award of Merit in the RWA Holt Medallion competition. Another two won second place in the NEC RWA contest (different years). Tina is featured in the Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market. Before penning romances, she worked at a major Hollywood production company in Story Direction.
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