A Poisoned Deceit by D.K. Holmberg
Approx. 22,890 words.
Published on September 8, 2013.
The assassin Galen wants nothing more than to get Cael to safety. While on the run from thiefmaster Orly after stealing back one of the great crystals, they meet a man Galen feels compelled to help, a man dying because of something Galen did long ago. But doing so means facing a difficult part of his past all while struggling with the fact that Cael may protect him just as much as he protects her.