Stella Marie’s writing becomes ever more eloquent in this novel… Grady Harp, HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
The early Renaissance in Italy was a time of swords, evil plots, and poison. Certainly, this was no time for a strong-willed and beautiful woman like Aurelia Nardini. With no family and no dowry, she has few options when she’s coveted by the infamous Cardinal Borgia. Yet, she risks everything to save a village and the man she has fallen for, a man above her station.
Aurelia Nardini’s heart raced when a boot squeaked behind her on the church floor. Using the taper’s flame as a weapon, she turned and backed away slowly. “Stop right there or I scream.”
“A sure way into Borgia’s bed.” With a voice soft and firm, the son of Signore Carvajal gazed dark eyes into hers, then clamped strong fingers around her wrist. She dropped the candle and the blaze went out.