Juan Ramón Fuertes was only seven years old when he witnessed his parents’ brutal murder by their business partner, Martin Esteban, in a deal gone awry. He spent the next fifteen years enduring brutal Spanish orphanages, studying Esteban, nursing his hatred, and vowing to avenge his slaughtered parents. When he sees a newspaper article about Esteban’s son, the pious but troubled Brother Bernardo, Juan Ramón’s perfect plan coalesces: he’ll use Bernardo as the instrument for his revenge.
Bernardo thought he’d finally conquered his sinful desires, just in time to ensure his ordination. One look at the newest addition to the monastery, however, shakes his conviction. Juan Ramón is everything Bernardo has wanted: compassionate, supportive, and understanding. To be with him threatens his dreams of becoming a priest, but those dreams seem empty without Juan Ramón.
Juan Ramón’s scheme has one flaw. Revenge is a dish best served cold, and the feelings he has for Bernardo are anything but. Shaping Bernardo into the perfect vessel for revenge isn’t so easy when he sees how tortured delicate Bernardo becomes. Will love soften Juan Ramón’s resolve, or will he sacrifice the one thing he didn’t know he wanted to achieve his long-awaited revenge?
About the author
Michael Schiefelbein spent ten years studying for the priesthood before graduating from the University of Maryland with a doctorate in English. He is a professor of writing and literature in Memphis, TN.
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