Dark Warrior by Julie Shelton
When Nicholas Herron, Duke of Berwick and his best friend, Rolf Torgesson, two of King Edward III’s most powerful and respected knights, discover a badly beaten young woman hiding in the forest, they swear to protect her. By the time they learn that she is Lady Kathryn Weston, and that her attacker is none other than her betrothed, Robert Walford, the powerful and ruthless Duke of Pemberton, it is too late. They have both fallen in love with her and she with them—a love so forbidden it could cost them everything, even their lives.
Set amidst the turmoil and pageantry of 14th-century England, Dark Warrior weaves a vivid tapestry of three lost souls bound to each other with a deep, abiding love. But will that love survive Walford’s evil plan to attack Berwick Castle, take it apart stone by stone and ultimately destroy everyone who lives there?
They stared at her, their hot eyes raking over her breasts, her belly, and the golden triangle of hair between her thighs. A hot flush stained her skin a delightful shade of pink, evidence of her acute state of arousal. And the fact that she was naked, while they were both still fully dressed gave her a feeling of deep disorientation. She was filled with such hunger, such love, such all-consuming need, she could barely stand.
Shivering, dry-mouthed, she watched Rolf’s expression as he reached out and touched her breasts with reverent fingers, his deeply tanned skin such a contrast to the soft creaminess of hers. His thumb rubbed across her hard little nipple and her face twisted, contorting with a mixture of love and lust so powerful, it presented more as pain than pleasure.
Spellbound, he watched his thumb dragging across her dusky nipple, his heated stare like fire brushing her skin. “By all the gods, yndling! Thou art bewitching, enchanting. Thou art perfection itself. And thy scent…” He leaned forward and inhaled deeply. “Thy scent is ravishing. Like the sweetest flower garden.” He covered her breast with his palm while his other hand stroked down her belly and cupped her mound, sliding his long fingers through the slippery furrow of her slit.
She gasped. It was almost a sob. Her body jerked and would have collapsed if Nicholas’s hands hadn’t come beneath her arms from behind and held her up.
“I can’t wait to taste thee here.” Rolf’s low voice was rough as sand, abrading her nerve endings, leaving her senses in chaos. Two wicked fingers found her weeping entrance and thrust up inside her hot, welcoming sheath.
Her throat closed on a yelp.
“The author uses a prodigious medieval vocabulary that never fails to enrich the story. Not only is it encyclopedic, but it paints a perfectly vivid context. Extremely well done. The plot is exciting, suspenseful, and deeply human…I couldn’t turn the page quickly enough! An absolute delight to read.”
Read the entire first chapter of Dark Warrior at http://drb1stchp.com/2014/04/dark-warrior-by-julie-shelton/
QUOTES FROM REVIEWS.
“…a dark and exciting story with action, mystery, and a LOT of sex. I mean, A LOT OF SEX. The chemistry of the three main characters is scorching, and it burned up my Kindle.”
“I loved this book, couldn’t put it down. I thought the storyline was awesome set in the 14th Century, when King Edward III reigned. Loved the way it talked about the sexual relationship that is forbidden by the Church and what they do about it. Warning: This book is very detailed in the sexual episodes that go on between them.”
“One of the reasons I love Ms. Shelton’s work is because of her ability to write steamy sex scenes. But in the Dark Warrior she has outdone herself. The sex scenes were so explosive that I found myself jealous of Kathryn’s luck in lovers. Ms. Shelton seduced me with her words and left me yearning for more. But there was so much more than just great sex. There was so much love in this story. It is evident in every look, every touch, and every caress. Even in the midst of impending war with the man who brutalized Kathryn, the shared love of this sensuous trio brought a smile to my face.”
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From fairies in the garden at age 9 to handcuffs in the boudoir at age 60, Julie’s writing has run the gamut. In between she managed to graduate cum laude with a B.A. in French from Georgia State University followed by a Master’s Degree in Library Science from Emory University. Having thus procured these two necessary but ultimately irrelevant pieces of paper, she launched a successful career as a children’s librarian, followed by an even more successful career as a professional storyteller and puppeteer. She published Kidstuff, an award-winning, monthly newsletter, as well as a book, Puppets, Poems and Songs, both major language arts resource for early childhood educators.
At various points in her life, if asked what she would like to be, her answer would have been (in rough chronological order, since some of these lofty ambitions overlapped): a fairy, a princess, a ballerina, Nancy Drew, Cherry Ames, a paleontologist, Scarlett O’Hara, thin and beautiful, an actress, and a writer. Now, at age 73, her answer to that question would most likely be, “younger”.
Followed closely, of course by bestselling author. Oh, and a princess. Some dreams die hard.
Now retired, Julie lives in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia.