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by Melinda Barron
Description: A Sons of Gunnmarr Tale Lilliana Dawson is bored, unemployed, and wandering through her life with no real sense of direction. When her uncle, a solicitor, offers her a chance to make a little extra money, she agrees to take an antique map to Norway and deliver it on his behalf. When she arrives at her destination, though, she finds herself in the presence of a very eccentric woman who is more concerned with dinner than the map she'd demanded be hand delivered. One moment, Lilliana is sitting down to eat the fare, the next, she is lost in a strange land and chained to a wall by a sexy beast of man. The second son of King Gunnmarr, Benedikt, has spent centuries alone, banished by a witch who wanted to punish his father for his greed. He's used his time wisely, learning to read and write. But when the beautiful blonde shows up, he's not sure whether to kill her, or bend her over and have his way with her. It's a good thing he has lots of chains in reserve, for whichever decision he makes.
eBook Publisher: Resplendence Publishing, LLC/Resplendence Publishing, LLC, 2010 2010
eBookwise Release Date: August 2010
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Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [127 KB]
Reading time: 81-114 min.
How well can you really know someone? You can grow up with them, trust them your whole life, and in the end they turn on you and leave you to rot in Hel.
This wasn't a new thought for Benedikt. He'd had it often, every time he thought of his father. For most of his life, he'd respected the man, tried his best to learn from him. But all that ended when his father had changed, into something that Benedikt didn't recognize.
He went from a man who loved his wife, took pride in his sons and was an honorable sovereign to the people he governed, to a greedy man who took great pleasure in causing others pain. It seemed as if the change had occurred over night. King Gunnmarr had thrown his wife out of his bed and replaced her with a long string of youthful women, who seemed to grow younger as the time passed.
Benedikt and his brothers, Rugoff and Egill, had also been pushed aside. At first, his attitude change toward his sons had seemed gradual, as if they were the only things the king still loved. But, one month after the transformation had started, Egill had mentioned to his father that they'd like him to join a hunting party, the King's response had been to throw a plate against the wall and bellow at his youngest son that he had no time for that sort of frivolity.
Egill had gone to Benedikt, and they'd both approached their brother, Rugoff. A natural peacemaker, Gunnmarr's oldest son always had a way of solving problems without upsetting the delicate balance of pride and honor. But this time, he had no solutions.
Benedikt had barely held back laughter when Egill had suggested they chain their father to the wall until he came to his senses. Benedikt knew that wouldn't work, though. Their father was too tough to be broken by something like that.
They'd been pondering other remedies when the witch had shown up. Benedikt knew nothing good would come with her arrival. His father's greed hit new levels and he'd asked the witch for untold riches and the ability to defeat those who were against him.
She'd agreed, but asked for his father's emerald in return. His father had betrayed her. Benedikt and his brothers paid the cost--and were still paying it these many centuries later.
But something told him things were about to change. There had been a change in the air lately, something that told him his life was about to turn a corner.
He couldn't quite put his finger on what it was, and that bothered him.
But he was ready for anything, as long as it got him away from the living Hel where he found himself every day.