Lysandra’s thoughts were interrupted when she heard a lone howl in the woods. She turned around to see a dog covered in silver fur, or perhaps it had been a wolf? It was hard to tell with the darkness of the night around them. She could see the light of a full moon shining down around them, but it was not enough as the darkness swallowed it easily.
“Did you see that?” Lysandra’s voice was full of dreaded anticipation.
“That wolf. Right there behind those trees.”
Bradford turned to where she indicated, but shook his head. “I think the night is playing tricks on you, my dear. There is nothing there but the shadows of the night.”
The book starts out in the Outlands 1342. A man with desires stops by this town and finds a pretty young thing waiting. He beds her, never seemingly to get enough of her…yet, he holds a secret; He is married. When she begins to fall in love with him and wants to make wedding plans, he bursts her bubble by telling her that he can’t marry her because he’s already married. He figures he could have his cake and eat it too. The woman didn’t think so, and puts a curse on him. “I curse thee! From this day forward, you will forever be followed by the beast that lies within your heart! The power of Lena take thee!”
Hundreds of years later, a young girl, Lysandra loses her parents to an overbearing uncle and aunt, ones who don’t care for the girl. They enslave her, beating her and making her feel and be weak, breaking her. Then a young man by the name of Bradford comes to them and frees her, saying that the man for whom he works for wishes to buy her. The aunt and uncle sell her to the man. While on route to where they are going, she notices the wolf in the forest.
She is taken to a place where she is basically sold into prostitution for this man. She’s a virgin, bought because of her innocence, so she is given a sort of training course in how to act around the men. She knows she’s not going to like it here, but anything seemed better than being where she had been…with her mean aunt and uncle.
Turns out this isn’t any better. The woman who is “training” her, getting her ready to become like the other women there, becomes jealous of the attention that Lysandra has been receiving fromt he patrons. The woman decides that this girl has to go, and “tells” the man who bought her that she should be sold because a virgin would get more money for them.
A bidding war begins for the girl, and just when she thinks she’s sold, another outbids him. A man by the name of Aiden Quinn (not to be confused with the actor, Aidan Quinn) pays double what the other was offering. Turns out, there is some bad blood between the two bidders.
But Aiden isn’t all that he appears to be. He is more. And, so is Lysandra. What are their secrets? If one of them finds out something about the other, will it affect their growing relationship? Will the townspeople accept the secrets? You’ll have to get this one to find out.
I felt badly for Lysandra and what she had to go through. The author wrote the pain and suffering so well, it was like I was there watching it happen to the girl. There were a few times I wished I could tell her captor’s to leave her alone. I wondered how much a young girl could take before she just gave up.
I’m usually not a fan of the fantasy type of books, but I did like this one. It has magic, action, and love in it, as well as a little sexual tension in it. You won’t be disappointed by this one.