What is Damien's true punishment?
Damien eased toward the curtain. He was between Roke and any form of escape. Damien knew there was one other exit in the room, an escape route, in the corner of the room, near the bed. Roke would have to get past him to escape through either exit.
Roke stood absolutely still. His long black robe covered any movement, any weapon. He appeared to be at ease. Too much at ease.
Damien stepped up to the curtain. He grasped the blood red fabric and pulled, yanking it down. It fell to the floor in a thick pile.
The small alcove behind the curtain was empty. The light of the rising full moon shone in through the open shutters on the window. A gentle breeze pushed passed Damien and snuffed out the candles around him.
“What did you expect to find?” Roke wondered.
Damien knew his mistake immediately. A trap. The curtain had been closed to attract his attention. His gaze darted to the bed. The black curtains on one side of the bed had been pushed aside to reveal its occupants. Mother’s large hand encompassed Aurora’s neck as he knelt behind her on the bed. He held her close against his body, using her as a shield.
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Angel’s Assassin by Laurel O’Donnell
Damien is an assassin, a man with no home and a tortured past. Sold into slavery as a young boy, he is trained to kill with cold calculation, without remorse. As a reward for his ruthless success, he is given a chance to earn his freedom from his cruel master. One last mission. One final person to slay…
Lady Aurora of Acquitaine is the epitome of purity and goodness, beloved by all her people. She lives her life trying to atone for her mother’s cruelty by being a fair and just ruler. Secretly she fears that one day her mother’s murderer will return for her.
When Damien enters Aurora’s life, tempting her with promises of dark passion and forbidden lust, he threatens to tear her peaceful world apart with shadowy secrets of his own.
Can Aurora’s light heal Damien’s dark spirit or will his evil consume her? The eternal battle of good versus evil, love versus hate, dark versus light, all come to a shattering climax in this historical romance set in medieval England.