By Karen Harbaugh
(Dell, Mass Market Paperback, 9780553584219, 336pp.)
Publication Date: December 30, 2003
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Author Karen Harbaugh returns to the dark, sensual world of her acclaimed novel Night Fires…a world of danger and desire, sorcery and seduction…the glorious world of the beautiful, doomed de la Fer family. For here, the ravishing fugitive Catherine de la Fer battles the deadliest sorcery of all: the seductive power of one man’s endlessly erotic touch.
A shattering act of violence drives Catherine de la Fer to flee into the dark and deadly night. Now a hunted criminal, the wily French noblewoman enlists the services of English mercenary Jack Marstone to teach her the art of self-defense. But she has cast her lot with a man whose terrible secret plunges them into a world of depravity and deadly seduction. Their taboo desire takes them from the moon-shadowed highways of Paris to the treacherous palace of the Sun King—the prey of a highborn enemy with the mind-bending powers of a sorcerer’s dark arts. As day becomes endless night, as they enter a place of unimaginable pleasure, France’s most notorious swordswoman and her forbidden lover will attempt a daring act of rescue—one that could promise them eternity in each other’s arms…or damn them both forever.
Karen Harbaugh lives in the Pacific Northwest with a wonderful husband and an alarmingly intelligent son. She has found that being a romance writer, wife, and mother to be more challenging than being a freelance technical writer or a Quality Assurance Analyst for a major HMO. On the other hand, she does enjoy challenges, and spinning tales for profit allows her to wear multicolored socks and Birkenstocks while she works, which is a definite plus.
"Ms. Harbaugh brings remarkable originality to a genre steeped in tradition, and the result is a sheer reading delight."-Romantic Times