Once a Princess (Cardinia's Royal Family, Book 1)
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"Once Upon A Time...In a rustic Missiissippi tavern, a beautiful exiled princess was forced to dance for the pleasure of othersunaware of her regal birthright...and infuriated by a magnificent golden-eyed devil who crossed an ocean to possess her.From A Far Off Land...
A bold and brazen prince came to America to claim his promised bride. But the spirited vixen spurned his affections while inflaming his royal blood with passion's fire...impelling virile Stefan Barany to take in sensuous and searing conquest the love Tatiana vowed never to yield.
genius. With a river between her and any pursuers, she had very little to worry about. But that was another assumption, so she wasn’t going to count on it. On the negative side, she had stranded herself on the wrong bank of the river, with no money for the ferry to get back to Natchez. But before she considered swimming back across, which she wasn’t at all sure she could manage, she would try bartering Stefan’s fine waistcoat for the fare. She’d have to clean it first, for it along with the rest
groaned as a match flared to life and she swung around to see Stefan sitting in a chair by the door. All she could think to ask at the moment was, “Why are you still here?” “Still? Ah, of course. We have been waiting nearly three days for you. Did you think we wouldn’t?” “I had hoped!” she exploded and dashed for the window. She didn’t waste time climbing through it, she dived. Her knee hit the sill, her shoulder hit the roof, and her boot snagged on something. She was still cringing with the
“I see. Another whore,” she said evenly as she stood up, then with more heat, “Get out, both of you.” “Now, Princess, I wasn’t comparing—” “Like hell you weren’t, or you wouldn’t have stopped and turned ten shades of red! And to think I thought you two, at least, could contain your contempt.” “If the word is so objectionable to you, Princess Tatiana,” Vasili said from the open doorway, his voice expressly dispassionate, “then you should have found some means of preserving your virtue.” She
be for that lack of memory. She tried to explain that to Stefan. “If you’re hesitating because you think I’m going to get upset over any of this, don’t. These people might be related to me by blood, but for twenty years I didn’t know anything about them, and I still don’t know anything other than what you tell me. And from what you’ve told me so far, I have as much sympathy for the Stamboloffs as I do for the Janaceks—with the exception of Yuri.” “Then let me see if I can correct that,
but it was the word “were” that increased her panic. “But I didn’t even notice her with you,” she insisted, hoping to placate him and exonerate herself at the same time. “And I was so happy to see you, I couldn’t help myself. I know I was careless, and it won’t happen again, but she didn’t care about that, Stefan. I know she didn’t.” “How do you know?” Alicia lowered her eyes, pretending a reluctance to say any more. She even managed to get his shirt off while he waited for her to answer, his