Freed

Chained Trilogy

Book 3
Marion Press
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 Hate divided them. Love united them. Now, war may tear them apart.

Peace between Daleraia and Dinasdale was hard won, achieved at a heavy cost. Yet, the alliance of two powerful families will hold the realm of Almere together, led by the example of Gwen and Caden Maignart, whose marriage marked the beginning of the treaty and resulting efforts to men a broken kingdom once again. Ravaged lands are being restored, tumultuous relationships have found firm footing, and two clans once torn asunder by war will discover common ground. All is well as the newly-wedded couple returns to Minas Bothe to take up their seats as High Lord and Lady of Daleraia.


However, a foe they counted as defeated will rise again, putting at risk everything they have fought for. New alliances are made, with battle lines clearly drawn. A war they once thought avoidable now becomes inevitable. Prepared to fight to preserve the new alliance, Caden and Gwen will find themselves at the forefront as the entire kingdom turns to them for leadership. With everything and everyone important to them in peril, can they rise to the occasion and bring a war-torn realm back together once and for all? 

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Marion Press
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Dec 18, 2017
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Pages
236
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9781981698035
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English
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House Toustain … House Maignart … two royal houses once embroiled in a bloody feud … Thirty years of peace now broken in an instant …

Sir Caden Maignart has been captured, beaten, locked in a dungeon, and wrongfully accused of kidnapping and oath-breaking. Determined to free himself and his men, and clear his besmirched name, Caden does not count on the willful nature of his captor, Lady Gwendolyn Toustain, the daughter of the man who was once his father’s mortal enemy. After several attempts at escape, the lady orders him bound and chained to a wall in her chambers—where he will remain under her personal guard at all times and kept from conspiring with his men. While the lady's high-handedness infuriates him, Caden cannot deny that everything else about her drives him to distraction. Forced into close proximity with her, Caden soon finds it hard to remember his mission of escape.

When Lady Gwendolyn of House Toustain first lays eyes on her prisoner, one thing about him is abundantly clear: Sir Caden of Daleraia is a dangerous man. Yet, she must show him no fear. The captured band of knights from Daleraia are her only clue in the mystery surrounding the disappearance of House Toustain’s sons, and it falls to Lady Gwen to seek justice. Is this kidnapping merely the ploy of mercenaries out for a ransom? Or has Sir Caden acted on the order of the High Lord of Daleraia and broken the peace? As she searches for the answers, she never expects the surge of passion that ignites between herself and her prisoner. The longer he remains in her clutches, the more Gwen realizes that though she has him chained, she is the one who has been captured. 
This is book 3 of 6 in the complete, Kings of Cardenas series ... a Fantasy Historical Romance saga about a royal family in the fictional province of Cardenas. 

“Unlike the delicate, hothouse rose, the Gypsy rose is riddled with thorns. Few men are brave enough to take one in their grasp.”

Tatiana Angelo always dreamed of a life of opulence and glamour. When her cousin became the wife of the King of Cardenas, she was swept away by the intrigue and decadence of palace life and became the jewel of the royal court. Catching the eye of a rich and titled lord seemed like a dream come true, but a few months after their whirlwind elopement, Tatiana found herself abandoned by the man she once thought loved her. Now, all she wishes to do is return to her previous life, one of simplicity and freedom. When Adrian Wilshire enters her life, Tatiana is certain she’s found in him the freedom and passion she desires. Despite the scars left on her heart by her past love, she throws caution to the wind and opens herself to the possibility of a future with him. But when the truth of his identity comes to light, the pain of his betrayal is too much to bear. Yet, despite her anger and sadness, she finds that turning her back on him will be harder than she could have ever imagined.

A few months ago, Adrian Wilshire was nothing more than the illegitimate son of a courtesan and titled lord. After years of hard work, he’s finally saved enough to begin the modest but quiet life he’s always craved, hoping that in doing so he will finally leave the ghosts of his tormented past behind. When he sets eyes on the vivacious Gypsy dancing under the moonlight, Adrian knows that he has finally found the woman that could make his dream of a happy life complete. But the strains of a responsibility he never wanted weigh heavily on him, as the demands of an estate left to him by his father press in on him from all sides. Can he live his life trapped in a gilded cage he despises and still keep the heart of a woman who desires freedom above all else? With his vengeful half-brother bent on destroying everything Adrian has inherited, as well as his life and love, Adrian will find keeping the balance between duty and desire even more complicated.

Can Adrian fight the dangers of the present and the ghosts of the past while claiming the fickle heart of the Gypsy Rose? Can two broken hearts find comfort in each other and lasting love? Elise Marion's Kings of Cardenas saga continues with a story of heartbreak, passion, deception, and love. 

Kings of Cardenas Series Reading Order
The Third Son
The Second Son
The Lady Knights of Barony
Gypsy Rose
The Gypsy
The Mistress (Bonus Novella) 


Series KeywordsFantasy Historical RomanceVictorian EraInterracial and MulticulturalRoyalty and AristocratsRomantic SuspenseMysteryFamily Saga
As a young man, Desmond Brandon was a dreamer. When his sister married
the king of Cardenas, the son of a Gypsy dancer and a sailor became a
titled lord with more wealth, land, and power than he could have ever
hoped to possess. It wasn’t long before he discovered the true nature of
both his adulterous wife, and the gilded cage of the royal court. With
the stars dashed from his eyes, Desmond cultivates a reputation for
himself as a conscienceless rake, one that he wears over his jaded heart
as a badge of honor. When Desmond visits The Red Rose, a high-end
brothel that caters to the tastes of the wealthy and titled, he never
expects to find the woman who will turn his world upside down. Yet the
beautiful Ana is not what she seems. Despite the mystery surrounding
her, Desmond finds himself enthralled by her. As feelings of passion
begin to develop into something more, the Gypsy lord will be forced to
face the things he’d hoped to forget.

Anastasia Harden does not
want to keep the truth of her past from the man she loves, but the
revelation would tear them apart. Yet, when that truth becomes a danger
to them both, she is left with no choice but to reveal all. Faced with
the possibility of losing everything, Anastasia will learn that the wild
heart of a Gypsy is not so easily captured, or tamed. Will the jaded
Gypsy lord return her love, despite her deceit? Or will the truth tear
them apart and doom them both in the process?
Elise Marion concludes
the Kings of Cardenas Series with this stunning story of love,
deception, passion, and intrigue. 
 A historical/fantasy romance box set including 6 stories
Scandal. Romance. Royal court intrigue.
Elise Marion’s bestselling Kings of Cardenas Series is now available in one complete collection. Six stories of love and passion, set against a backdrop of opulence and drama. 

Book One: The Third Son 
Prince Damien is a rake, a rogue, and a scoundrel. The youngest of three sons, his lack of responsibility have made his life one of indolence and revelry. When the beautiful Gypsy, Esmeralda, comes dancing into his life, Damien finds a passion and a purpose he’s never known, and a love that will set his world on fire. But with a murderous plot against the royal family threatening the lives of those he loves, Damien finds himself faced with a choice between duty and love. 

Book Two: The Second Son
Prince Serge has loved Princess Isabelle for as long as he can remember, but his deepest desire can never be. The princess was betrothed to his brother when she was a babe. It doesn’t matter that his brother has died, leaving Isabelle widowed … she was never meant to be his. Still, when it is suggested that they marry for the sake of her war-torn country, Serge dares to hope that she could someday return his love. Together, the two will fight together to save a nation, but will Serge win the ultimate contest in the battle for Isabelle’s heart? 

Book 2.5: The Lady Knights of Barony
Three headstrong warrior women. Three stories of love, loss, and healing. One sisterhood of knights forged by the flames of war. When a rash of kidnappings breaks out over the province of Barony, Ladies Ava Longley, Mudiwa Akua, and Hanako Kiyomi, are charged with finding the stolen women, and bringing the villain responsible to justice. Along the way, each woman will be confronted by their pasts and challenged by men who stand to steal their hearts away. Can these headstrong ladies find the strength to love without losing the courage and bravery that is so a part of their very natures? 

Book Three: Gypsy Rose
Tatiana Angelo always dreamed of a life of opulence and glamour. Catching the eye of a rich and titled lord seemed like a dream come true, but a few months after their whirlwind elopement, Tatiana found herself abandoned by the man she once thought loved her. When Adrian Wilshire enters her life, Tatiana is certain she’s found in him the freedom and passion she desires. But when the truth of his identity comes to light, the pain of his betrayal is too much to bear. Yet, despite her anger and sadness, she finds that turning her back on him will be harder than she could have ever imagined.

Book Four: The Gypsy
As a young man, Desmond Brandon was a dreamer. When his sister married the king of Cardenas, the son of a Gypsy dancer became a titled lord with more wealth, land, and power than he could have ever hoped to possess. It wasn’t long before he discovered the true nature of both his adulterous wife, and the gilded cage of the royal court. With the stars dashed from his eyes, Desmond cultivates a reputation for himself as a conscienceless rake, one that he wears over his jaded heart as a badge of honor. When Desmond visits The Red Rose, a high-end brothel that caters to the tastes of the wealthy and titled, he never expects to find the woman who will turn his world upside down. 

Bonus Novella: The Mistress
Once the courtesan of a prince, and then the wife of a king, Davina Keane now finds herself divorced, banished for treason, and sentenced to a life of loveless marriage to the man who aided her in her crimes. Now a penniless widow, she has sunk as low as could be and faces a life of poverty; prostitution being her only other option besides living on the street. Desperate to save herself, Davina makes one final attempt at forging a new life … by marriage to Rafe Rothwell. As an arrangement of convenience becomes something more, Davina is faced with the possibility of losing her husband over the truth of her hidden past. 
In a world full of the sick and dying, the hurting and desperate, and those lost in darkness, angels dwell.
Once
a Warrior Angel, Nathaniel has now become one of the Fallen, after
losing sight of his purpose. Fallen angels are cursed to wander the
depths for all of eternity, a fate that Nathan has avoided every day for
the past seven years. As the demon within him grows, he knows that it
is only a matter of time until he becomes a monster. His love of a
human woman is what caused him to lose his wings, yet Nathan cannot
bring himself to regret it, or the child that came of their love. It is
that child’s identity as a Naphil—half angel, half human—that threatens
the existence of everyone he loves and Nathan finds himself having to
face his past in order to secure his son’s future.

Carmen
Rodriguez lives her life in constant fear. The power of her son grows
every day, leaving him vulnerable to the plans of the Evil One. When a
demon’s bold abduction puts Carmen in a desperate position, she turns to
the only one who can bring him back. Nathan warns her that the road to
rescuing their son will be a treacherous one … one that leads them
straight into lair of the Prince of Darkness.
The third and final installment of the Angels Among Us series goes where it never has before.
Even
in the very pits of hell, can an angel find salvation? Will the love
that Nathan has for Carmen and his son be enough, or will Nathan finally
have to face the consequences of his actions.
Is there redemption for the Fallen? 
 Indulge in 4 contemporary romance quickies, each with a separate love story and happy ending. From summer love on a tropical island, to rivalry to romance in the workplace, these stories are just the right length for quick, light reads and are guaranteed to leave give you your romance quick fix.Stories include: 
Life After Death – The loss of their son in a tragic accident left Jameson and Victoria Blake’s marriage in tatters. Together they were never able to move past it, and they parted ways after a painful divorce. But in the wilds of the rainforest, the realization that love has never died between them will rise to the surface.

Gold Digger – A hardworking man, Derek Brown has always dreamt of owning his own business someday. Now that his goal is nearly within his reach, the last thing he needs are complications. Yet, one very beautiful distraction named Chantel Green will prove too hard to resist. On the surface, she seems like a shallow gold digger, milking her rich boyfriends for cash and material things. Yet, when he delves deeper, Derek will discover than Chantel is not at all what she seems. 

Satisfaction - Audrey Hammond can’t think of anything worse than being trapped in her office with co-worker Shane Watson on New Year’s Eve. Aside from the fact that he’s beaten her out of more lucrative advertising accounts than she can count, he’s a smooth-talking smart ass who always seems to know how to get under her skin.
Yet, when a broken elevator at an office party leaves the two stuck together with no chance of escape, Audrey may find that Shane is not at all the person she thought he was—and maybe, she’ll find herself falling for the last guy on Earth she’d have ever thought she wanted.

The CEO’s Wife – Blair’s sexy CEO husband has been acting strange lately, and their love life has been lackluster. Can she solve the mystery concerning her husband’s secrets? Will her last-ditch effort to save her marriage pay off?
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