Emma Barron lives in upstate New York with her family and two dogs. When not writing, she’s usually chasing her daughter, starting house projects she makes her husband finish, or killing all the plants in her garden. Learn more about her at www.emmabarronbooks.com, find her on Facebook, or follow her on twitter @barron_emma.
Orphan Adele Beaumont spent her childhood being passed around to cruel or indifferent relatives. She quickly learned the harsh lesson that a fatherless, penniless girl becomes an unmarriageable woman, leaving her alone and vulnerable to the whims of society. Determined to take charge of her own fate, Del decides to pursue the only means to an independent life available to her: become a courtesan to wealthy and powerful men.
Rhys Camden has just turned twenty-one and is now employed as factotum in his father's shipping company. He is eager to find his place in the world, but he finds himself fighting against his father’s control as the elder Camden seeks to increase the family’s social standing to match their newfound wealth.
After a chance meeting on a foggy street, Del’s and Camden’s lives become increasingly intertwined. Their passion for each other ignites and, realizing there can be no true freedom without love, they vow to defy society and family and risk everything to be together. But they soon learn how dangerous that defiance can be.
Sensuality Level: Sensual
Anja knows her father has been drinking and gambling away most of their money since she’s the one left to run the family’s mill. She has no idea just how precarious their situation is, however, until her father comes home from a night spent drinking and gambling at the tavern and urges Anja to flee into the woods. He has told their landlord, the cruel and violent Werner, that Anja can turn straw into gold, and now Werner vows to keep Anja captive until she has paid off her father’s debts.
Tillz was just a boy when a brutal attack left his parents dead and Tillz scarred – both physically and emotionally. He has spent his life since then hiding in his cottage in the woods, lurking in the shadows, avoiding human contact whenever possible. The nearby villagers no longer remember him or his family; he has instead become a ghost to them, a story to scare their children into obeying, a rumpelstilzchen. He is perfectly content to keep it that way, but when a dreaded trip into the village to procure necessary supplies reveals Anja’s predicament, he is seized with an impulse to help.
Tillz offers Anja the gold she needs in exchange for a kiss, but neither of them is prepared for the strong and inexplicable attraction between them. They spend three increasingly passionate nights together, both convinced those moments will be all they have. But when Werner decides he is entitled to keep Anja and the gold, Tillz must step out of the shadows to save the woman he has grown to love. 82 pages