The first week we met our hero, Gabriel, and last week we meet his feisty love interest, Kathryn. In this excerpt, Gabriel is just beginning to realize how he feels about Kathryn, and just how dangerous it can be to fall in love when you’re cursed…
As soon as Kathryn had checked his wounds were healing well, he hopped down and left the ladies’ apartments to seek out his king. There he stood on firmer ground; there the wolf understood his place and his duty.
The maiden is too precarious.
Every moment spent in Kathryn’s presence, he slid nearer to a great void, and if he let himself fall in, he would lose the little bit of his humanity that he retained. Despair of that kind was not the sort from which he could ever recover.
For what, he realized, could be worse than finding the true lady of your heart and knowing, as you are, that you may never possess her? What could hurt more than finding her, loving her, and knowing in your cursed canine bones she deserves so much more than the beast you have become?
Better to feel nothing at all.
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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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