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Cast a Pale Shadow -- EPUB

  • A woman in need of rescue. 
A man with a dark past.
The shadow who haunts them both.
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Release Date:
May 1, 2013
Cover Artist:
Gwen Phifer

Product Description

Rescued as she flees her abusive family, Trissa Kirk finds respite in the arms of Nicholas Brewer.

Nicholas has a dark past to hide and a fierce determination to retain full grasp of his present. Always the shadow of his other self, Cole threatens to overtake him. It is Cole who guards his most dreaded memories and Cole who has stolen great swatches of his time so that Nicholas ceases to exist

Trissa and Nicholas patch together a substitute family they hope will buffer them from a world unkind to both of them.

Their peace is threatened by Trissa’s father, who is determined to retrieve her from her new life.

The confrontation between Bob Kirk and Nicholas ends in murder and the reemergence of Cole.

Now Trissa must summon the strength to discover which of her two loves is man and which is shadow.


Michigan, 1962

"Once upon a time," Nicholas whispered, so close his lips brushed the cold alabaster of her ear, "there was a sleeping princess who waited for the kiss of her true love to awaken her from her long, lonely sleep." He stretched himself out beside her, the chill of her body drawing away his warmth even through their clothes. He would see the soft, dark, warmth of her eyes again. She would open them to him. He would find the magic in her, in both of them this time.

With a light sweep of his fingertips -- he could not bear to touch the pale stone of her forehead for fear the ice would reach in to pierce his soul -- he lifted the tumbled wisps of her hair away from her eyes. He waited for the moment she flickered them open, when she would see it was he Nicholas who performed the miracle and love him all the more for it. She had failed to give him the miracle he asked, but he would not fail her. They would have another chance.

Her perfect stillness nearly daunted him even while he envied her for it. Wasn't utter peace what he had wanted? She had attained it so effortlessly, while he was left alone and wanting, and it filled him with resentment and fear. Perhaps it would never be possible for him and, in slipping away as she had, she had demonstrated her despair of him, her lack of trust.

"I can't live without you," she said softly in her tear-filled whisper.

"I wouldn't ask it of you," he promised. But he realized now she had not understood what he truly asked of her. He couldn't let himself believe her failure was deliberate. A misunderstanding. Yes, a tragic misunderstanding. That was all.

Her lips were slightly parted and nearly as pale as her ashen cheeks. Nicholas brushed his own tears until his fingertips were wet with them, tracing her mouth with their moistness. He tasted the saltiness of them as he kissed her, thinking of magic and miracles and wishes and love. But nothing happened. Her stillness was impenetrable. Her eyes refused to open. She was gone, and he could not reach her.

Tenderly, he straightened her crisp, white collar and smoothed the bright red wool of her favorite skirt, then folded the quilt around her, tucking it up and around her shiny black shoes, the ones she loved with the heels she could barely walk in. He tied the first rope at her knees and the second at her hips. Her cold, little fingers were stiffening slightly as he folded her hands, one over the other across her chest.t


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  1. I couldn't stop 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 21st May 2013

    The first time I read this book, I stayed up until 2:00 in the morning because I couldn't stop. I've read it a few times since then, and the story still affects me.

    This is no ordinary romance. This isn't boy meets girl. This is boy rescues girl, and girl rescues boy. Beautiful. Absolutely beautiful.

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