Today, we're diving right in to the story. So, let's get this part started...
(Award-winning Novel) Although Lianna Whitney was gently bred, she must now empty slop buckets and fight off randy sailors in a seaport tavern to survive. One night, she unexpectedly comes into possession of a golden medallion. But when the man who left it with her is immediately murdered by soldiers of the Royal Navy, she’s afraid to admit she has it. Unsure who to trust, she’s caught up in crossfire between navy officers and a pirate captain, who, realizing she possesses the object he’s been paid to find, whisks her away to his ship during the fight.
Privateer Captain Zane Fox is not interested in the mystical healing powers the medallion is said to hold, even though the legends claim it can bring a dying man back to life. He only plans to procure the medallion, drop the chit off at the next port where she’ll be safe, and collect the money he was promised. However, as they fend off storms at sea and attempt to outrun the Royal Navy, the two are also fighting the attraction they feel for one another. But when they are captured, Zane must choose between recovering the medallion and saving Lianna from the noose. And soon it becomes clear to him that the medallion is not the only treasure worth risking his life for.
"They went that way." Her irritable tone masked her fear. She pointed in the direction the others had gone. When the chiseled man made no movement, she placed her hands on her hips. "Well? Did you not hear me? Or are you just vacant?” She pointed again. “That way."
Clearly amused by her audacity to speak to him in such a manner, the man raised an eyebrow. "Nay, sweet lady.”
His deep voice momentarily immobilized her with its rich timbre.
“There is no need to follow chase,” he said. “You have what I seek." He flaunted a devilish grin.
Lianna widened her eyes. "I beg your pardon, sir, but that is something I'm not willing to give up so easily." May a bolt of lightning strike her dead first. In a swift move, she reached for a frying skillet that lay on the nearby counter. "You'll have to kill me before I'll let you lay a hand on me." She swung at the intruder.
He hopped back dodging the skillet. "Careful. Your vanity may cost you dearly. ‘Tis not your body I want.” He paused, musing to himself. “Well, that's not entirely true. A woman's vanity never stopped me before.”
“Of course.” Her words were laden with sarcasm.
His smile disappeared. "Hand over the medallion."
"I don't know what you are talking about.” Lianna remembered what the thief told her minutes before, to give the medallion to no one.
"Aye, I think you do. It's only fitting that Basile would find a woman to hide it upon. Now do yourself a favor, lass, and hand it over." He took a step forward.
"Stay away from me!" She readied her skillet for another swing. Someone charged into the kitchen, this time from the tavern.
Startled, Lianna looked over her shoulder. In a beat, the armed man grabbed the skillet from her grip. She cursed once more. This time aloud.
Zane cocked his eyebrow again.
The blond man who had passed through the kitchen moments ago said, "They caught Basile down the street in the alley. He didn't have it."
"And what of Basile?" Zane asked, tossing the skillet to the corner.
The desperate man, dead? Uh-oh. That cannot be good. Lianna tried to appear indifferent.
Zane turned toward her. "It won't take them long to realize you have it."
“This lass has the medallion?” The blond smirked and nodded, understanding something which obviously she did not.
“Aye, this leaves us no choice.”
The blond opened the rear door and peered out. “I’d be willing to wager we’re going to regret this.”
“A fool’s bet.” Zane scooped Lianna up and threw her over his shoulder.
...aaaand naturally, Jennifer chose to leave off HERE!
You know, I gotta say, the next best thing to a sexy vampire hauling me out of a room over his shoulder, would have to be exiting with a PIRATE doing the same...and hopefully he'd toss in a playful little slap on the rear for good measure. LOL!
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