Darcee Tana

Smashword Edition Copyright 2011 Darcee Tana

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Cover photos courtesy of Darja Vorontsova & Valery Sibrikov;
Cover by Jolene Naylor

Chapter 1

“RAUL! Ye will do as I say son. Ye will marry, for ye are a man of thirty now. The past is over and it cannot be undone. Rosalie is wedded to another. We did what we thought was right, ye cannot hold that against us for eternity or punish me by choosing the path of a Templar Knight.”

“Nay father, ye did what yer bride wanted. I have not the wish to marry. I do not now. I will not in the future.” Raul calmly responded, though his hour long conversation with his father had tested his patience to its limit.

“And who will carry my name after ye? Everything I have striven to maintain will pass to my cousin’s son. Is that what ye desire?” his father, Lord Bruce of Wilbert’s voice was laced with pain.

“Father, I had planned to wed Rosalie. Together we would have given ye the heir ye desire. Instead of granting my wish, ye chose to separate us. And now ye plan an alliance with yer bride’s niece, with full knowledge that ye condemn me to hell. I cannot let ye sacrifice my life, a second time.” Raul spoke with determination in his voice.

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