When her parents are murdered, Eiry Savoy fakes her own death and takes the outlaw hood as Lady Thief to seek their killers and learn why the deed done. She thought nothing could derail her plans until Sir Lucian Martine, the Butcher of Acre, is given Castle Sanctuary and made guardian over her little sister by order of Queen Eleanor. Eiry soon learns man and legend are quite different. Martine is a man most distracting to her purpose, a man who stirs her heart and makes her yearn for his touch.
Lucian Martine returns from the Crusades a much changed man, haunted by what deeds he committed during his service to Richard the Lionheart. When Queen Eleanor offers him a new life, he accepts, wishing to retire from war and bloodshed. What he finds at Sanctuary is a child living in a rundown castle with a comely maid and a defiant stable boy. More so, he is surprised when the peasants seek him against Lord William Wendenal, High Sheriff of Derbyshire and Nottingham. Murder and thieves have taken root in the Hope Valley, and he must try to learn who the real villains are and not get killed meanwhile. In spite of the danger, he is attracted to his ward's maid and begins to feel he is not the Beast consumed with bitterness and anger—hope and redemption could at last be his.
Can a thief, who is determined to save her people and seek vengeance, find a hero in a man rumored to lack a soul, whom the Devil himself fears? Or will her enemies see her betrayed by the very man whose heart she would gladly steal for her own?
Wend Petzler (Author)
Blending of history and adventure, twists and turns, bringing together the heroine and the hero has been a lifelong dream for Wend Petzler. Introduced to books at an early age by a mother who loved historical romances, once she read The Wolf and t...