Aurelia has always valued love and happiness over titles and power. Though her kind-hearted father has allowed her to turn away suitor after suitor in pursuit of a love she cannot yet define, when he dies her choices die with him. Knowing that marrying the elderly governor of a neighboring province can secure her mentally challenged brother’s safety, she gives up on her dream of finding love in return for his protection.
Cassius is the ill-fated captain of the governor’s guard tasked with escorting the Lady Aurelia and her unpleasant aunt to the governor’s estate. Since the soothsayer Tullia foretold an early death for him, Cassius wants nothing more than to keep his hands busy with labor and his heart free from any connections to the world he believes he will be leaving soon. As they work through a series of misfortunes on the road to the governor’s province, the words of the soothsayer start to make sense, and together they find the courage to allow their true destiny to unfold.
Trained since childhood to hunt blood drinkers, Leotine is sent on a mission to destroy the elusive Cyprian Augustus. The cunning blood drinker has converted or killed many hunters who have tracked him. Will the vampire or the huntress win their deadly game of lust?
Note: Handsome Bastard was previously published. This is a re-edited version and contains two additional scenes.
Nardine desires two things: her freedom and a baby, in that order. When she discovers she is pregnant to a gladiator recently killed in the arena, she decides to run away, but she needs help. Enter Abedi, an African gladiator who flirts with her almost from the start. But Abedi is injured, so she looks first at other gladiators to help her in her escape plan. Abedi discovers this, and is there to support her when the master of the ludus finds her out. Together, they plot to get away so the two of them and the baby can find a life of freedom.