Beauty's Gift

C. S. Johnson

“I don’t want to talk about it, Mary.” She measured her words out carefully, keeping her tone light. “I told you, he had to go and take care of something for his grandfather. It was important.”
“It was more than that.”
“It doesn’t matter.”
“Obviously, it does, or you wouldn’t be acting like this.” Mary came up beside her. “He told you that he loved you, didn’t he?”
The blush on her cheeks burned hotter. “Please stop, Mary,” she said. “Isn’t it bad enough that he said it?”
“But Rose, you love him, too.” Mary arched her brow at Rose’s silence. “Don’t you?”
“Of course I do,” Rose snapped. “But he doesn’t deserve to be stuck with me and my curse. That’s why it’s better that he left.”
“Oh, Rose.” Mary came up and leaned against her, stroking her hair in a mothering manner. “I’m so sorry.”
“Don’t be.”

With only weeks away from her eighteenth birthday and the fulfillment of her curse, Rose, the Princess of Rhone, faces more obstacles than ever. The kingdom, anxious over her fate, is destabilizing under her father’s rule; her mother is imprisoned, and her uncle is holding a silent coup against the crown. With Theo’s absence, she is unable to do more than brood over her fate as she attempts to solve the problems around her.
When Theo returns with surprising information, Rose knows the time has come to risk everything. Along with her friends, she prepares to face Magdalina, the wicked ruler of the fairies, and fight the battle of her life - the battle for her freedom, her kingdom, and her heart.
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C. S. Johnson
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Published on
Sep 1, 2017
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Pages
216
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ISBN
9781943934300
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Language
English
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Fiction / Fantasy / General
Fiction / Historical
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Everything, that is, until a meteor crashes into the city, releasing the Seven Deadly Sinisters and their leader, Orpheus, from their celestial prison, and awakening Hamilton’s longtime dormant supernatural abilities. Suddenly Hamilton finds himself reluctantly allied with his self-declared mentor, Elysian, a changeling dragon, and Starry Knight, a beautiful but dangerous warrior, as they seek to protect the souls of Apollo City from the Sinisters and their evil intentions. 

Can Hamilton overcome his ignorance and narrow-mindedness to see what is truly real? Can he give up his self-proclaimed entitlement to happiness in order to follow the call of a duty he doesn’t want? More importantly, will he willingly sacrifice all he has to find out the truth?


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“I have better things to do.” 
“Like what?” Rose asked. “Waste your life on a fool’s journey, under a silly girl’s orders?” 
“I have never considered saving your life to be the same as wasting mine, Rosary.” He came and stood in front of her, the ease of his presence replaced by an unusual heat rather than familiar warmth. Rose had never before been bothered by the six inches he stood taller than her, but all of a sudden the shadow of his strength imposed itself on her. 
The cursed beauty of the moonlight revealed the clarity and sharpness of his eyes as she gazed up at him. “What if you did waste your life though? What if?” 
“If I have wasted my life, I have wasted it on you. Willingly."

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