By Eloisa James
Magic lower than the mistletoe . . .
One incredible Christmas, girl Perdita Selby, recognized to her family and friends as Poppy, met the fellow she concept she would really like without end. The devilishly beautiful Duke of Fletcher used to be the right fit for the blameless, breathtakingly appealing younger Englishwoman, and theirs used to be the main romantic marriage ceremony she had ever obvious. 4 years later, Poppy and the duke became the toast of the ton . . . yet in the back of closed doorways the spark in their love affair has burned out.
Unwilling to lose the lady he nonetheless lusts after, the duke is set to win again his beguiling bride's delectable affections . . . and surpass the heady days of old flame with a really sinful seduction.
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Carcolo blinked. ” “They walk naked through sleet and storm; do you think they fear hunger? And there is wild lichen to be gathered. How could we forbid this? You might dare some sort of coercion, but not I. ” Ervis Carcolo heaved a deep disgusted sigh. “Joaz Banbeck, I took you for a man of decision. ” “Well then. ” Joaz fingered his chin. “If Coralyne recedes and we are still on Aerlith—rather than in the hold of the Basic ship—then let us plan to plunder the secrets of the sacerdotes. In the meantime I strongly recommend that you prepare Happy Valley against a new raid.
Beside the ship the insanity had quieted; the out-worlders huddled quietly beside the hull. There came a sudden mind-shattering explosion: a blankness of yellow and white fire. The ship disintegrated. A great crater marred the valley floor; fragments of metal began to fall among the attacking Banbeck warriors. Kergan Banbeck stared at the scene of destruction. Slowly, his shoulders sagging, he summoned his people and led them back to their ruined valley. At the rear, marching single-file, tied together with ropes, came the twenty-three grephs, dull-eyed, pliant, already remote from their previous existence.
Look up into the night sky, ponder the bounties which might be ours! You ask how can we implement these desires? ” “You mean—” “Communication with the worlds of men! ” Joaz Banbeck nodded dubiously. ” Carcolo held out his hands in a gesture of open-minded tolerance. “Perhaps you are right. But why should we not make inquiries of the sacerdotes? Concretely I propose as follows: that you and I agree to the mutual cause I have outlined. Next, we request an audience with the Demie Sacerdote. We put our questions.