Thursday, August 15, 2013

Strong is Sexy Heroine of the Week: Roseatre

Book: Taking the Stage (Soulgirls #2)
Author: Heather Long
Heroine: Roseatre

Roseatre is the stage name of the Amazon Princess Royal, Ruth Ann, daughter of Queen Alexiares. She serves as a dancer at the Arcana Royale, not as penance for a crime, but to protect her shield-sister Jaimela.

“Cerveau’s real name is Jaimela.” The answer easier to speak than she imagined. “We were raised together, trained together and in every way, she is my shield-sister. Her shield. My sword. We were inseparable. But at our majority, it was knowledge she longed to conquer, not the battlefield. I didn’t mind the change of direction. In fact, I admired it. She’s the smartest person I’ve ever met. Her mind deciphers puzzles the way Castilian steel severs flesh.”

Her devotion to her best friend is both an oath of honor and the heart. She refuses to abandon her and takes whatever the casino masters throw at her. A warrior to the bone, she performs nightly, she smiles, she flirts, and she thrives--as long as she can protect her shield-sister, she'll do whatever she has to do.

“Her quest took us around the world. We visited temples throughout Asia Minor, the Pacific and deep into South America. We watched the sun climb the sides of Machu Pichu and the moon achieve her zenith over the lost jaguar temples of the Maya. But we pushed on, forever roaming, as Athena’s messages arrived in the form of owls.”

“Until you arrived here.”

“Yes.” Roseâtre dropped her head to lie against his chest, the thump of his heart beating in her ear a sweet reminder of shared passion. Her heart echoed the cadence of his. He was everywhere inside of her, she could almost feel the sprout of his fur, caressing her, comforting her.

“What happened when you arrived at the Arcana Royale?”

“I don’t know.” 

A leader at heart, Roseatre is not blind to the challenges of change and she faces them head on, whether it's danger or passion, with the fierceness in her warrior blood. Her strength is unmatched, as is her determination. She will not abandon her oath for man or beast.

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When the tiger meets his tamer, “hot” doesn’t even scratch the surface.

Roseâtre takes one look at the white tigers that the stage manager has brought in to shake things up at the Midnight Mystery Lounge, and nearly has a heart attack. It doesn’t matter that the beautiful creatures’ handler raises her pulse and makes her want to purr. The tigers are sure to recognize her—and arouse her need for the hunt.

Pride outcast Anthony diNapoli wasn’t expecting to encounter an Amazon princess when he brought his white tigers to the lounge. The lucrative show will go a long way toward securing his future, but not if he gives in to the urge to make her submit to his dominance, and claim her as his mate.

No matter how desperately her body aches for the sun-kissed stranger and his completely lickable abs, Roseâtre is no man’s prize. Yet she finds herself hungering for Anthony to defeat her and take her for his own.

It’s show time in the Arcana Royale’s Midnight Mystery Lounge and all bets are off.

Warning: Contains sword fights, shackles, sexy showgirls, and a game of dominance between a determined weretiger and an Amazon who refuses to submit. Blades, bliss and battles, oh my!

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