ONCE UPON A KISS

Eager to please her brother William and hoping to end a bitter feud, Dominique Beauchamp agrees to wed Graham d'Lucy, Earl of Drakewich. Upon their arrival at Drakewich, however, the legendary Black Dragon, Blaec d'Lucy, Graham's dark and dangerous twin brother, captures her heart and soul, kindling a passion that will not be denied. Though he is the rightful heir, Blaec has sworn fealty to Graham. Thus, when the enemy arrives offering his beautiful sister as a peace offering, Blaec can not betray his brother by succumbing to the treacherous longing Dominique arouses in his once sleeping heart. Believing themselves damned by a love that can never be fulfilled, Dominique and Blaec fight their forbidden desires. William, in the meantime, plots from within and without to destroy the d'Lucys to pursue his own secret longings. Eager to please her brother William and hoping to end a bitter feud, Dominique Beauchamp agrees to wed Graham d'Lucy, Earl of Drakewich. Upon their arrival at Drakewich, however, the legendary Black Dragon, Blaec d'Lucy, Graham's dark and dangerous twin brother, captures her heart and soul, kindling a passion that will not be denied.

Though he is the rightful heir, Blaec has sworn fealty to Graham. Thus, when the enemy arrives offering his beautiful sister as a peace offering, Blaec can not betray his brother by succumbing to the treacherous longing Dominique arouses in his once sleeping heart.

Believing themselves damned by a love that can never be fulfilled, Dominique and Blaec fight their forbidden desires. William, in the meantime, plots from within and without to destroy the d'Lucys to pursue his own secret longings.

Akin to a bard of olde, Tanya Anne Crosby weaves a hauntingly beautiful spell with words, drawing the reader into the midst of her tale with the stroke of a master;s pen. ONCE UPON A KISS is an enthralling tale of forbidden love, with characters so deftly drawn that you lose yourself within the pages. You will weep at their plight and rejoice upon their triumphs, as they cherish the bittersweet joys of a love that comes but once in every lifetime. Brava! Ms. Crosby, par excellence. VERY SENSUAL (Feb., 384 pp., $5.99)

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