Last week we met our hero, Gabriel, but today we meet his feisty love interest, Kathryn. In this excerpt Kathryn has just returned from helping the wolf to find she’s in hot water with the queen and all her handmaidens, including Beatrice, the bossiest handmaiden of them all…
Beatrice narrowed her hazel eyes at Kathryn and said, “You have decided to grace us with your presence today, milady?”
Ignoring Beatrice, Kathryn went to one of the cabinets and pulled out her own sewing kitbag. She selected a project and claimed the empty stool in the circle. Letting her hands mindlessly accomplish their work, her mind meanwhile turned over the puzzle of the werewolf’s identity.
“Well?” Beatrice demanded of her again. “Have you nothing to say?”
Kathryn did not look up as she said in her most sickly sweet voice, “As you have oft remarked to me, lady, silence is, of all virtues, the most becoming in a maiden. I am merely trying to take your good advice to heart.”
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Lady Kathryn’s father sends her to court to find a husband, but being penniless and disinterested doesn’t bode well for her success. Bored by the petty intrigues of court, her frustration and loneliness are eased when the king charges her with the care of his newest acquisition: a wolf he and his hunters have recently captured. What the king doesn’t realize is his remarkable pet was once Gabriel, his favorite knight, cursed into wolf form by an unfaithful wife.
The beast’s too-knowing eyes and the way he understands and responds to her every utterance convince Kathryn he is more than what he seems. Resolving to restore him, she doesn’t count on the greatest obstacle being Gabriel himself. The longer he stays in wolf form as a captive of the court, the harder it becomes for him to remember his humanity and to fight his wolfish urges to maim and kill.
Only Kathryn’s affection and determination stand between Gabriel the wolf and Gabriel the man. But when the one who betrayed him returns to court, will Kathryn’s love be enough to keep Gabriel from exacting a brutish revenge that will condemn the wolf to death?
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