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(The second book in the Magic series)
A novel by Shari Anton
Darian of Bruges has always known where his loyalties lie. As a mercenary and right-hand man to William of Ypres, his loyalties lie to himself first and the King second and that will not change. So when King Stephen summons him, asking him to assassinate a man on his behalf, Darian sees this as a job and nothing more. But he's been set up. Before he can even carry out his orders he is once again summoned to the palace where the man's dead body is revealed and he is accused of murder. Emma of Leon is shocked. Not only was she witness to Darian's very public humiliation but she knows she's seen him before...under rather intimate circumstances. For Emma is gifted (or cursed) with visions of the future that always come true and she knows Darian is destined to bed her. So she gives him an alibi. In the blink of eye, they are forced into a marriage not even Emma saw coming, one that neither desires. But as heat ignites between them, Darian is determined to clear his name...and he needs Emma's help. Can they uncover the truth behind Darian's betrayal before it's too late?
January 2005 : USA Hardback
December 2006 : USA Mass Market Paperback