Remembering nothing of her looks, a thousand possibilities had formed in her mind. Who was she? Taking a steadying breath, she stood in front of the mirror and looked. Too thin, she thought quickly.
Too pale. But not, she added with foolish relief, hideous. Lifting a hand to her face, she traced it. Thin, she thought again. Delicate, frightened. There was nothing in the reflection that resembled the man who was her father.
In her own she saw frailty—too much of it. Who are you? Brie demanded as she pressed her palm against the glass. What are you? Then, despising herself, she gave in to her despair and wept.
Now I need a word with Reeve. When they hesitated, he lifted a brow. It was not, as it could have been, done with heat. Only someone who knew him well would have seen it. I promise you. Gabriella is strong. With a nod, Alexander accepted. What else he had to say would have to wait for a private moment. He walked out with his brother, flanked by guards. Armand watched his sons, then turned to Reeve.
Reeve did. He felt them close and tense. A royal kidnapping, he mused, tended to make people nervous. Armand opened a door, waited until Reeve was inside, then closed it again. Before he could do so himself, Reeve lit it and waited. He could relax, just a little, in front of the son of his friend. With one hand he kneaded the skin just above his eyebrows. The band of tension there could be ignored for only so long. I think, because of my love for my daughter, I have no other choice.
Now he saw more than the royalty. He saw a father desperately hanging on to control. In silence, Reeve took out a cigarette of his own, lit it and gave Armand just a few more minutes. He merely nodded, showing none of the thoughts that formed and raced through his mind. What does the doctor say?
Reeve, I remember running. The rain, the wind. Most of all, I remember the fear, a fear so great that I would have preferred dying to stopping. No one would care. I could sit here now and pretend I had a cottage in the hills and a garden. Life is simple and very sweet.
Being away from the streets. A farm? Next year, he promised himself. A kind of adventurer. For a moment she looked at the sea and sky. At times like this he almost believed it would happen. A big front porch? Still, I think I could deal with fifty weeks of demands, of being on display, if only I had two weeks to sit on a rocker and listen to the wind. So you have land, a farmhouse, but no wife. I thought perhaps it might remind me. I loved it. Jul 04, Kay rated it it was amazing Shelves: Nora Roberts Cordina series.
Once again, wonderful character development along with a touch of mystery. Good balance of romance and mystery. Looking forward to rest of series.
Great story idea but really boring book. I just wanted to read how the parents met because I just read the story about their daughter I might have to read the one about the brother too. Jan 27, Melissa rated it it was ok. OK read, not one of Robert's best but pretty typical for the time that it was originally written. When finding ourselves bring us the love of our life. Sep 11, Jessica rated it it was amazing. I liked this one. I enjoy Nora Roberts because she maintains a good balance between romance and suspence.
Sep 15, Deranged Dreamer rated it liked it. Ok, quick read. I have been reading Nora Roberts since before joining goodreads. I didn't expect her book to be so blah. I didn't even know she wrote that kind of crap. Sep 28, NBTasnim rated it it was amazing. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.