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Desperate to save her brother and unwilling to give up on him like the rest of the village, Natsuko persuades the former samurai Hayato to aid her in a rescue attempt. But their quest to save him from Ice Heart is fraught with danger, and not only from the witch. Hayato’s past binds him more than any chain; he is afraid of both fighting Ice Heart and expressing his feelings for Natsuko.
Natsuko will need to help him overcome his inner struggles if they are to have any chance at rescuing her brother or a future together.
Freewheeling Kumiko is a kitsune, a Japanese shapeshifter with powers of fire and illusion. Her natural abilities come in handy for her line of work, being a world-class thief, and she loves every minute of it. When she’s hired to steal art from reclusive millionaire Takeo Shinozaki for a fat paycheck, she thinks it’s just another job.
The heist goes without a hitch until Takeo reveals that he knows who and what Kumiko is; that he’s a kitsune too, and that he wants her help. She refuses to cooperate, but after he saves her life from a vengeful victim of a past theft, decides to throw her lot in with him. His power, control, and utter brazenness when it comes to pleasuring her soon binds her to him, even when he tells her his goal--to kill the woman who murdered his family.
When revelations about the killer and Takeo’s history threaten to tear apart Kumiko’s life, she faces the hardest decision she’ll ever make--stay by the man she loves who may no longer love her, or abandon him to fight an opponent he can’t beat. Either way, her life will never be the same.