Everyone knows that Captain Issac McCallister lost his mind in the desert, after five years as a slave in Barbary.
It is 1803, and the old Puritan village of Salem, once known only for the dark horrors of its witch trials, is now a cosmopolitan seaport, the richest city in America. But in many ways, Salem is still a village.
Issac is a damaged man, looking for a reason to go on living.
He finds it when he meets Eleanor Hampton, his step-brother's daughter, an eccentric young painter living in genteel poverty on his estate along with her mother and sister. Despite the long-standing bitterness between the two families, Isaac is bewitched by this determined, gifted woman, while Eleanor is unexpectedly drawn to him. He's not the man she expected, a coarse merchant prince who could reduce the beauty of art to the banality of dry goods. There is a gallantry in Isaac that couldn't be snuffed out by the hell of Algerian slavery. But his sudden proposal of marriage sets dark forces out of the past into motion, resulting in a stunning betrayal and a brutal murder.
Now, as her passion for her enigmatic husband consumes her, Eleanor finds there's no danger she's unwilling to face to save him from the hangman.
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Hidden for two centuries, the diary of a sexual adventuress reveals the remarkable life of The Acolyte, Lady Létice Marie de Saint-Juste, the willful daughter of a wealthy planter on the island of Martinique. The young Létice is sent to Paris by her father, to be sheltered behind the high walls of a convent school.
But the vessel carrying her to France is captured by Salé privateers, and Létice is set on an altogether different journey, into the alien world of the Ottoman Seraglio. She becomes Zarqa, the Blue-Eyed Woman, and the training for her new life in the harem begins. It will part a silken curtain to reveal a world unimagined. In a single, shattering night she becomes ikbal, a favorite, and from these heights she will learn the fearful weight of power within the Seraglio.
Hardened by tragedy, Létice escapes, back to a world that now seems just as alien to her. Lost in the elegant salons of Paris and London, she abandons the Old World for America, arriving in its capital of sudden, glittering wealth, New York, where she’s determined to build a new life. But her well-laid plans made no account of Jack McClain, powerful, playful, contemptuous of any rules but his own. Jack is a gamesman of unmatched skill, and as the contest unfolds, this Acolyte will finally find the tender Master who will teach her how little submission resembles defeat.
Caution: This book contains explicit sexual encounters and is recommended for adults only.
File Size: 723 KB
Print Length: 305 pages
Publisher: Blushing Books (June 25, 2020)
Publication Date: June 25, 2020
Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
“One of the reasons I liked this book was the beautiful lyrical language. It was like reading a classical French novel. The story was well written and very erotic. There was danger, suspense, Pirates..."
"The cast of characters were well described as they come from different parts of the world and the dialogue uses Eastern terms but are also translated, making the story flow."
"The dialogue is raw, edgy and emotional, swirling with pain, redemption and acceptance. This has been an amazing journey of Létice’s life..."
Publisher’s Note: This romance is intended for adults only and contains elements of action, adventure, mystery, suspense, danger, sensual scenes, adult themes, power exchange and possible triggers for some readers. If any of these offend you, please do not purchase.
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