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Tessa (Nikki) Nikolaidis is cold and ruthless, the perfect person to be KarÍ, the right hand, to Greek magnate Andreas Meridio. Cassandra (Casey) Meridio has come home after a six-year absence to find that her father s new KarÍ is a very desirable, but highly dangerous woman. Set in modern-day Greece, on the island of Mżkonos, this novel weaves a tale of emotional and criminal intrigue, as two women from different worlds struggle with forbidden desires. As the two reach the point of no return, Casey begins to wonder if she can really trust the beautiful KarÍ. Does Nikki s dark past hide secrets that will eventually bring down the brutal Meridio Empire, or are her actions simply those of a vindictive woman? Will the KarÍ stop at nothing for vengeance...even seduction?
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LJ Maas is the author of Tumbleweed Fever, None So Blind, Meridio's Daughter, Prairie Fire, and coming in 2003, Rebecca's Cove. Her novels are published by Renaissance Alliance Publishing, Inc.Originally from Chicago, LJ now resides in Oklahoma with her partner of almost 6 years. They have an eight-year-old daughter (a blonde, lab/retriever mix who simply doesn't believe she's a dog). Along with writing full time, LJ teaches computer graphics and a variety of writing classes at a local college.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
Tessa watched their reflections move behind her as she peered pensively out the window. The image cast back into the glass displayed a burly man being ushered into the office between Stefano and Alex. They pushed him into a chair and he sat there obediently. The tall, dark-haired woman waved her hand in a dismissive gesture at her two large henchman, but still she gazed out the window, her eyes the color of the Aegean Sea that lay below. The two assistants left her in the room alone with the rugged fellow. Although her back faced the man, even he knew he was still lucky to be alive. Attacking her didn’t even enter the man’s mind.
She sighed deeply as she looked out onto the beautiful vista. The sunset was indescribable. The yellow-orange glow turned the surface of the blue-green sea below the same soft color, and the muted hues bounced back at her from the whitewashed houses along the edge of the sea.
She pinched the bridge of her nose and wished she were anywhere else at this moment, perhaps at sea on her catamaran, nestled in the arms of a beautiful woman. She closed her eyes and could feel the setting sun on her shoulders as the Meltémi blew strongly from the north. She could almost feel the woman in her arms. She shook her head slightly and opened her eyes. This wasn’t the time for dreaming. Besides, her business didn’t exactly afford her the kind of relationships with the type of women who might enjoy fine wine and Milton on the sea.
She needed to focus on the task at hand. Running the slender fingers of one hand through her ebony hair, she swallowed down the longing and the melancholy; they would only make her weak. She needed strength for this business of Mr. Meridio’s. After all, he paid her well to do what she was best at, enforcing Mr. Meridio’s will.
Another deep breath and the woman with the soulful gaze disappeared. As she turned, the burly man looked into her face and what he saw there caused him to swallow hard. Her perfectly chiseled features spoke highly of her pure Greek heritage, but it was her eyes that held the man mesmerized. Moments ago, she looked out onto the world with deep blue cerulean orbs, now as she turned her gaze to the seated man, her eyes were as cold and pale as ice.
"Mr. Stefanopoulos, my name is Tessa Nikolaidis," she said in a low alto voice, devoid of any emotion.
He swallowed again. He knew who she was. The corners of her lips curled upward slightly, watching as he crossed himself, hoping to ward off what he thought was surely the evil eye.
She couldn’t stop the indifferent smile. The Greeks always considered women with blue eyes more capable than any other of being able to curse someone with the evil eye.
There was only one thing that thrilled Tessa more than seeing the look on a man’s face once he realized who she was, and that was his fear.
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Book Description Intaglio Publications, 2010. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111935216163
Book Description Intaglio Publications, 2010. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1935216163