by Auria Jourdain
GENRE: Historical Romance
A rogue gypsy hired to kidnap a debutante Creole spying for the Cabildo government discovers they are both pawns in a dangerous Frenchman's game. Over land and sea, they discover the truth, but can they fight their uncontrollable desire for one another to save her family home?
It 's a historical romance very complex, well developed with a great love story and much intrigue, suspense and action.
Talon is a Romans, his destiny is to follow in the footsteps of his father, although he doesn't feel appropriate for the role. When his grandfather dies, his role within the clan is intensified and the only solution for him is to run away. He receives an assignment for the French government, should kidnap the daughter of a diplomat on the ship for New Orleans. The girl is really fascinating and Talon loses his heart to her. Talia actually isn't his real goal, she's just the best friend of that girl and replaced her on this trip. The passion between them is overwhelming but they still have a bit of lucidity to realize that they are both victims of a conspiracy. Talon will risk his life to save Talia but can never marry her: she is a white and he is a Romani.
It's an interesting reading to deepen the knowledge of Romani culture, there is also an excellent historical reconstruction, the author has done a great job.
It was a really enjoyable read, intriguing and exciting, it's really hard to put it down. The settings are fascinating and described wonderfully well, rich in details that really seems to be there. The characters are great and pleasant. Talia is smart, a woman who is a spy in this era is truly exceptional. Talon is very tormented but courageous, able to follow his heart instead of rigid rules of his clan.
Folding his arms about his chest, Talon stared at her suspiciously. What exactly had they told her?
Sensing his mistrust, Talia continued. “Alberto has regaled me with your life story, sir. Your activities during the revolution, and your adventure across
with your cousin, your Spanish heritage…need I go on?” England
Talon smirked and shook his head, gazing out across the rough waters of the
Atlantic. Apparently that
bloody Spaniard didn’t know everything. “If you say so.”
“What does that mean?”
“It means that Alberto hasn’t given you the whole truth, not that he knows what it is.” Talon turned to her, gazing into her magnificent emerald eyes. “I am no Spaniard.”
Reaching a long finger out, Talia wrapped a curl of his dark hair around her fingertip, just as he had done to her all those weeks ago. She placed her palms against his bare chest, and Talon’s heart began to race, his blood pumping with desire as she looked up at him seductively. “If not a Spaniard, what are you?”
As his control dissolved, Talon inhaled her flowery scent that drifted through the air to weave its way through his senses. Her intimate touch had pushed him over the edge. Without any scruples, he placed his hands on Talia’s waist and pulled her close, her lithe, curvy body melting into his tall frame. Her strong, womanly presence drew him closer until his mouth hovered above hers. Talon whispered in her ear, his voice laden with desire, “I am Romani.”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
An avid reader from an early age, Auria Jourdain has fond childhood memories of spending quiet afternoons with a book in her hand. She loved the "happily ever after" sweet teen romances, and when she came of age, she plunged into the world of historical romance with fervor, transporting herself to a bygone time. Her favorites were Regency, but as a girl brought up in a common home, she was disheartened that most of the novels of this era focus on the nobility and wealth. Auria set out to write her own romance, encompassing her passion for French Revolutionary history and her innate sense of goodwill for the common man. An idealist at heart, she writes heroes and heroines that struggle to find acceptance in their world. Their differences" and their soul mates' complete acceptance of them are the embodiment of values that she holds dear, passed down to her by her father, a blue collar worker. She has an autistic son struggling to make his own way in the world. Looking to educate people about this mysterious disorder, she’s releasing a YA novel set in the U.P just for him during Autism Awareness month, April 2016. She hopes that someday we can break down the social barriers and forgo stereotypical judgments that harm our world.
Auria lives in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan with her husband of twenty years, her four children (ages eight to eighteen), and two golden retrievers. A rather new transplant to the area, she loves the changing of the seasons, and she is currently working on a contemporary romantic suspense trilogy set in her rough and rugged homeland. Silence the Northwoods is set at a local ski resort in her hometown of Ironwood,
Michigan—the ski capital
of the Midwest. Silence the Waters takes place
during the summer on the dangerous river ways that flow into Lake Superior in
the Keweenaw Peninsula; and Silence the Birchwoods is an autumn tale set on
Sugar Loaf Mountain, near . All three involve
murder, mystery, and romance, of course. Marquette,
Auria spends her the long winters plotting and scheming her next book, and in the mild summers, she and her husband spend every waking moment they can hiking and kayaking the Northwoods. An amateur photographer, she lives fifteen miles from the shores of
Lake Superior, and her muse has been piqued by
the awe-inspiring beauty that surrounds her. Although she hasn’t officially
acquired “Yooper” status yet, she can’t envision living anywhere else.
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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE
Auria will be awarding e-copies of Pure Temptation on Kindle to 5 randomly drawn winners, and 1 grand prize - a signed paperback copy of Pure Temptation with swag bag and goodies - to one randomly drawn winner, all via rafflecopter during the tour.