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Long before Amir taught Eleanora the harder truths of life, he learned them as he fell in love with her mother. 

CONSTANTINOPLE, 1845

 

Amir Qureshi knew his life would never be the same the day he met Nad??da Ollerton-Cerná, much to his chagrin. With her sharp wit and brazen charm, Nad??da is as infuriating as she is irresistible, and Amir cannot stop himself from falling in love with her?even though they can never be together. 

As an ally to the Order of the Crystal Daggers, under the command of Nad??da?s indomitable mother, Amir knows there is no place for love in the life of a spy. 

When they are sent to Constantinople to investigate a missing shipment of weapons, Nad??da?s life is endangered, and Amir races to save her, knowing he cannot deny his heart any longer. 

But Amir is not the only one who is keeping secrets … 

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?Miss Eleanor.?

The desperation in his voice was only matched by his irritation, and the moment he said anything, Amir feared he had inadvertently given himself away.

The sapphire eyes he had come to both love and hate twinkled mischievously at him. ?Why, Mr. Qureshi, I do believe you?re quite flustered. Especially if you?re going to use your manners. Where are those mongrel ways of yours? I might mistake you for a real gentleman with such a formal tone.?

Her lyrical, teasing voice did nothing to lighten his mood; rather, it plucked at his heartstrings with a bittersweet twang, and Amir had to force himself to remain still as he stared down at her.

It would do nothing for his case if he showed any further sign of compromise, especially now that his partner sensed his weakness.

?It is only proper I address you as such, Miss Eleanor,? Amir said, keeping his voice stripped of all his conflicting emotions. ?Your mother, Her Grace, would be the first to agree with me.?

At the mention of her mother, her gaze only grew bolder. ?We both know my mother?s favorite thing in the world is being a hypocrite,? she said, crossing her arms and tapping her toe. ?Call me Nad??da, as I?ve told you to before several times now.?

Inwardly, Amir groaned. He should have known better than to say anything. If there was anything Eleanor Nad??da Ollerton-Cerná excelled at?and there was plenty?it was arguing with him. And while there was enough wrong with that in itself, it unnerved him how often he found himself losing those arguments.

?Miss Eleanor, propriety demands??

?Is this my punishment, after all these years, to have you give me the same lecture I gave you when we first met, Amir?? Nad??da asked, arching her brow as she pouted.

Amir hated how he stared at her mouth. His Abba had always been so concerned about him looking into a woman?s eyes that Amir never realized how sinful looking at a woman?s lips could be. Even beneath her yashmak, the transparent veil worn by women on the streets of Constantinople, seeing Nad??da stick out her bottom lip was like watching a rose bloom under misty moonlight. 

FROM THE AUTHOR: 

Night of Blood and Beauty is a companion novella to The Order of the Crystal Daggers, a historical spy romance series. 

WHAT REVIEWERS ARE SAYING: 

“Definitely a must read for fans of this series!” ~ Laura A. Grace, Unicorn Quester Book Reviews

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