Reign of Light
Genre: Fantasy – Supernatural – Paranormal - Romance
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group
Date of Publication: May 27th 2014
Word Count: 64,400
For a pirate, nothing is forbidden...except love. To gain her freedom, Charlee must seduce the prince. To save the pirate, Prince Petra must win her heart.
BY HONOR ALONE
A handsome war hero, Prince Petra can have his pick of any lady in the kingdom. A man of virtue, he's saved himself for just the right one. But when the corrupt emperor of Isa Vis kidnaps a duke's daughter to force her into an alliance, Petra sacrifices himself—and his dreams of love—to save her. Betrothing himself to the distant captive, he leads a daring rescue across the stormy South Sea.
But The Light has other plans. On the voyage, Petra runs afoul of Charlee. Once a prisoner, now a pirate captain, the sultry siren holds him captive with more than just her sword. And when she offers a seductive wager—if he takes her body before they reach the City of Light, she wins absolution for her crimes—it is all he can do to hold firm. While he has every reason to bring Charlee to justice, he’s also finally found a woman he wants more than honor. And he can no more trust her than he can trust himself.
Keynote: To gain her freedom, Charlee must seduce the Prince Petra. To save the pirate, the prince must win her heart.
LOVE & WAR
“I’ll race you there.”
Charlee’s mind spun in a whirl. She’d never been one to resist a challenge, which Petra well knew. She’d also never been one to play fair.
She softly took his hand and allowed him to pull her up. As soon as he released her, she leaned toward him. His eyes widened and filled with desire. She let a playful smile touch her lips and licked the bottom one with her tongue. Petra sucked in a breath, but before he could make a move, she shoved him back in the sand and took off running as fast as she could, more laughter spilling from her lips—laughter conspicuously sounding like giggles.
She reached the west side of the pool at nearly the same time Petra crested the cliff of the falls. That sneaky prince had found an alternate route.
Their eyes met and locked. She took one step into the water as he dove from the cliff. Her breath caught in her throat. She froze for several heartbeats, the ripples from his splash washing over her toes. Then, out of nowhere, a strong arm rose in front of her, grabbed her leg and pulled her in. She screamed and tried to pull away.
He surfaced in front of her, his arms securely wrapped around her waist. She tried to push and wiggle free, but his arms locked around her more tightly. She tried to splash him, slap him and even butt him with her head, but he captured her hands. Their eyes met unguarded and full of passion. His warm body pressed against hers….
Kary’s Top Ten List of All-Time Favorite Romance Novels
Thank you for having me on today! I’m excited to share some of my All-Time Favorite Romance Novels.
Top Ten List
10. After the Abduction by Sabrina Jefferies – This was the first Sabrina Jefferies novel I read and it caused me to read all the others. I love mistaken identity tropes. This is one of the best.
9. Romancing Mr. Bridgerton by Julia Quinn – No one does dialogue like Julia. No one! Her dialogue reads like a real conversation you feel like you are participating in (or not, because you can’t get a word in edgewise) Clever, funny and oh so romantic. I love the best friend’s big brother trope.
8. Dark Highlander by Karen Marie Moning – I love all of KMM’s books but this one is my favorite. Dageus is more than memorable. He is sexy and sacrificing from start to finish.
7. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins – This is the only YA romance on my list and for good reason. Stephanie Perkins’ youthful voice captured me from the beginning, but the budding relationship between Etienne and Anna grabs hold and won’t let go until long after that final kiss.
6. What I Did for a Duke by Julie Anne Long – Pick one. Just pick one. I love all of JAL’s Penny Royal Green Series, but this one is my favorite. Older hero, young innocent heroine with lots of gumption. And very emotionally romantic.
5. The Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas – Wonderful wallflower heroine, proving that you cannot judge a quiet little book by its cover. The third in a series of four, this one outshines them all by miles. A cynical and sarcastic rake of a hero who falls helplessly in love with his “meek and mild” bride of convenience. It’s the crack cocaine of historical romance covered in buttercream frosting.
4. Match Me If You Can by Susan Elizabeth Phillips – If Julie Anne Long is my go-to gal for historical romance, Susan Elizabeth Phillips is my gal for contemporaries. Match Me is about an awkward heroine trying to land a big fish for her match making business. Unfortunately, in trying to find him a wife, she soon wishes she could become one.
3. Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers – Not only is the story about an epic romance and how the power of love can heal the most fallen of people, it is a picture of how much God loves each one of us. Angel is the most celebrated prostitute in California during the Gold Rush of 1800s. Michael Hosea, a devout man of God and local farmer determines to save Angel and make her his wife. After a beating that leaves Angel nearly dead, Michael takes from the brothel, marries her so he can protect her, nurses her, feeds her, clothes her, and when she is recovered, she runs back to prostitution. He goes and gets her. She runs back, because she can’t believe anyone could love her without wanting something in return. But each time she becomes a little more invested, and the hard shell around her heart continues to break away, making room for an astonishing capacity for love. The payoff in this story is life-changing epicness!
2. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon I really don’t have words for how good this story is and, in my opinion, James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser is the greatest romance hero ever written. He is simply literary perfection.
1. Flowers From the Storm by Laura Kinsale – A disreputable duke who is institutionalized after a stroke, comes to depend upon and love the most unlikely of women—a young quaker nurse. Sometimes you have to fall far, to see how high you can soar. Both characters must compromise to eventually make their love work. But it is a beautiful piece of art watching them change and grow together. This is everything a great story and a great romance should be. I have never felt more frustration or been more invested in any characters. Christian and Maddy are a symphony of beauty. And that is why it tops my list.
Hope that gave you some new books for your TBR list. And let me know what your own personal favorites are.
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Kary Rader is a part-time Twitter sage, stay-at-home mother of three, and slave to the characters and worlds inside her head. Always creative, she's drawn to stories with fantastical worlds and creatures.
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