Dark Rider by Iris Johansen

By Iris Johansen

An electrifying story of lethal and forbidden hope that sweeps from the unique islands of a tropical paradise to the excellent estates of Regency England. Cassandra Deville's carefree lifestyles at the islands of Hawaii is shattered by way of the unexpected arrival of a savagely seductive stranger. She's the foremost to Jared Daremount's plan to avenge his father, truly just a pawn in his plans, yet as soon as she turns into his captive, Jared realizes she's a prize he can by no means give up.

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Beautiful horses. Clara won't look there; you know she hates them. " He took her hand and set off down the deck. " As she always would, she resolved, her hand tightening on her father's. Mama had told her once that Papa was not like other men. He was an artist who needed all their love and care so that he would be free to paint beautiful pictures and give his gift to the world. He must not be bothered with the concerns that plagued lesser men. That rule surely meant he must never be as frightened as he had been a few moments ago.

Deville's solution was wonderfully simple and comfortable: he was just not there. It was rare indeed when he was at the cottage for more than one week every month. "Hurry," Lani urged. " Cassie pulled on her other boot, gathered her hair in a bun on top of her head, and rose to her feet. "Go back to the house. " Lani shook her head. "Tie him to the tree. You were supposed to be on foot. " Cassie tethered Kapu and started up the path toward the cottage. " Lani hurried after her, plucked the ginger flowers from her hair, and dropped them to the ground.

He should be content with the women who swam out to the Josephine and offered themselves. Tonight he would rid himself of this lust with Lihua or her sister and forget all about Kanoa. And tomorrow he would seek out Deville. Lani met Cassie in the stand of trees at the foot of the hill leading to the cottage. "Come quick," she said as she thrust Cassie's riding habit at her. " Cassie jumped from Kapu's back, ripped off the sarong, and hurriedly dressed. " Lani asked. Cassie avoided Lani's glance.

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