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Chameleon's Shadow -- EPUB

  • Murder forces Elisabetta from her home. Can she survive the streets of London 1632? Will William be able to win her trust and her heart?
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Release Date:
June 11, 2012
ISBN:
9781612521787
Cover Artist:
Jenifer Ranieri

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Lady Elisabetta Mitchell, a once pampered daughter of a now murdered English Marquis, must flee the only home she's ever known. She now lives in poverty on the unfeeling streets of Southwark, London in 1623. Caught between two worlds, she will do whatever it takes to survive.

Lord William Hunter is a nobleman with a secret. When an unknown young woman rushes into his startled embrace, battered and afraid, he vows to protect this fair-haired beauty. Yet he cannot protect the girl when she runs from him and his probing questions. He has to find her again first.

And find her he will, no matter how long he must search.

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Will took a step forward, their bodies so close he could feel the heat of her. "If I ever do catch you with another man," he ground out, reaching a hand out to cup her nape, he threaded his fingers into her silken hair. "Be forewarned, wench, you will feel the heat of my wrath!"

Her breath caught and those lovely eyes, dark pools of black in the moonlight, went wide, he bent his head and captured her parted lips.

Now it was her turn to be stunned into inactivity!

Elation swam through his blood stream when the moment his lips touched hers, she went boneless in his arms. He caressed her head, marveling at how perfectly it fit into his palm.

How many nights had he longed to do just this? And in this moment in time, all his fantasies paled in comparison.

With his free arm he pulled her so close he felt the erratic beat of her heart as held her prisoner against his chest. His fingers brushed over the thick bulge of her braid, tucked into her shirt, then slipped to the curve of her slim body, roving over the binding which she had wound around her breasts, and he found himself coveting its intimate position.

The smugglers surrounding them forgotten, only the woman in his arms and the soft crashing of the waves filled his senses.

Her breath came out of her nose and brushed his cheek in short, rapid bursts. A moan slipped from somewhere deep in her throat and filled him with need.

He tasted innocence in her sweet mouth, and budding passion upon her lips. Her startled, unguarded response to his ministrations suggested she had never been kissed before, putting to rest any thoughts that she may have sold her body for coin in order to survive.

Someone shouted from the shore, bringing him back to the present. Reluctantly, he lifted his head and broke the kiss.

Through hooded eyes Will watched as she stumbled back a step and placed her fingertips to her lips. Slowly, shyly, she raised wide eyes to his.

Unable to resist just one more touch, he brushed a reassuring finger across her moist, slightly trembling bottom lip.

Returning her gaze, he was awed, and humbled, by the violet pools shimmering with surprise and desire. Laughter broke out from the smugglers surrounding them, startling her from her trance.

She nodded to two of her three young escorts. "Get 'im out of 'ere." Her voice broke and her chin shot up.

"Now!"

The boys looked as if they were going to protest being sent away from the activities at hand, but before they could voice their complaint she had already remounted her steed.

A sharp flick of her wrist got the horse moving and as the moon once again slid behind a thick cloud, she made her way back to the clearing and the band of waiting smugglers disappearing from his view.


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  1. Highly Charged Emotion! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 23rd Feb 2013

    Dee pens an exciting tale filled with adventure, betrayal, greed, and longing with "Chameleon's Shadow." Set in England during the 1620's, Lady Elizabetta Mitchell bears witness to her parents' murder. Will her heart grow cold in the cruel world or will she find a ray of hope with an unlikely benefactor?

    The novel opens with young Elizabetta witnessing her parents' murder at the hands of her unscrupulous uncle. She has no choice but to run away and take her chances on the streets. Elizabetta's five-year-old brother, Nicolas, has also run away. Bruised and battered, she searches the shadows of Southwark, finding a moment of comfort in a stranger's strong arms. Soon, though, she's fending for herself and taken to a brothel. A Scottish laird, McClasky, saves her from a terrible fate and teaches her enough skills to get by on the tough streets.

    Unfortunately, Elizabetta, now going by "Cricket," picks one pocket too many when she pilfers the Duke of Sussex's purse. She's forced to become his indentured servant where he trains the young woman to be one of England's chameleons. (spies) It's a tough life, but she adapts well. As the danger mounts, dare Elizabetta give her heart to the Duke's son knowing that if her activities are ever discovered, she'll be killed?

    Having read several of Dee's previous novels, this one is one of her most endearing! She fashions a tale of taut suspense that heightens as the novel progresses. Dee paints vivid pictures with a good economy of words and brings a rich authenticity to the setting.

    The rich characterization is Dee at her finest. Elizabetta has nothing when she loses her parents, but her courage, inner strength, and endurance, which sees her though some tough times. Will, the hero, makes a misstep, but is willing to face his mistakes instead of running away from them.

    The novel is sweet for romance readers with Will and Elizabetta sharing a kiss or two. The story wraps the reader in a wonderful cacophony of emotion and won't let go until the last page. "Chameleon's Shadow" will make you believe in the power of love. If you enjoy historical romance filled with suspense and highly charged emotion, I highly recommend this story.



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