Gifted with the power of healing and cursed with a prophecy of death, Edward Beauforte vows to protect the woman he loves from the very thing that promises her the most harm. . . Himself.
The Promise of Unicorns is the first book in The Beauforte Legacy Trilogy set in 18th Century England. In it, Edward Beauforte, seventh Duke of Clairemonte, is reunited with his sixteen-year-old godchild, Alexandra DuParre, after a six year separation. All too aware of the deathbed promise wrung from him by his mother's best friend, Alex's mother, Edward means to protect Alex with his life, even if it means protecting her from himself. Torn between his growing attraction for the young, headstrong minx and his vow to protect her, Edward remains determined to deny his heart. When, despite his best efforts, Alex declares her love for him in return, Edward cautions her that such naive avowals of affection could mean her death. For though Edward Beauforte is blessed with a healing touch in his hands, he is also cursed by a legacy destined to claim the life of the woman he weds.
The Fire of Dragons
Torn between the bestial passion that courses through his veins and an eighteen-year-old vow that meant more to him than his life, Edward Beauforte seeks to outwit the blood curse that threatens to destroy all he holds most dear.
The Fire of Dragons is the second book in the trilogy. In it, Alex finally marries her duke, but his over-protective decrees prevent her from being both the wife and the duchess she strives so hard to be. While Alex struggles against her husband's confining edicts, Edward fears his ever-increasing need to possess her will be his undoing. The unsolved murders of three innocent young women prey heavily on his conscience, more so because he awakened the next morning fully dressed with his hands and clothing covered in blood. Though Edward greatly fears what he might have done, his worst fear is what he is predestined to do. For once he truly makes Alex his own, the unnatural bloodlust burning in his veins will not be denied.
The Thorn of the Rose
Refusing to lose either his only heir or his only love, Edward Beauforte defies the legacy that has claimed so many before him by challenging the ancient ancestress who had cursed them all. Using every skill he possesses, both unnatural and learned, he summons a force that will either save his wife or damn him for all eternity.
The Thorn of the Rose is the final book of the trilogy. In it, Alex and Edward face the ultimate test of their love when Alex learns the child she carries is destined to take her life. Though Edward has taken every possible precaution to ensure Alex's safety, he is unable to give her the reassurance she seeks. Desperate, Alex visits the village mid-wife in search of help and guidance. When Edward learns of his wife's plan, he quickly intervenes in the attempted abortion of his unborn heir. Alex tearfully protests her innocence, but Edward's own fears prevent him from believing her. When Alex begins to bleed uncontrollably, Edward challenges the ancient ancestress who'd placed the curse on all her descendants. Appearing to him in a mist, Morgana quietly informs him that he simply didn't love his wife enough. Edward refuses to accept her verdict and summons all his powers to save the love of his life, all-too-aware that what he needed to do could kill his wife and bring his legacy to fruition.
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