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Bonds and Broken Bonds

By Marie Anne Cope


Bonds and Broken Bonds

By Marie Anne Cope


BONDS: Half the village of Breccan lies dead – slaughtered. All that stands between Antony Cardover and his freedom is his wife, Isabella, or so he believes. In his wrath at his wife’s adultery, Antony trades his soul for the chance of vengeance. His price? An eternity as a monster – a man bearing a vampire curse. To stop him, the curse must be broken. To break the curse, Isabella and all her descendants must be destroyed. The catch? Only Antony can break the curse. With Breccan in mourning and Antony on the rampage, only one person can help. Anna Martindale, a witch shunned by the villagers, entombs Antony within a stone sarcophagus, bound by spells and buried in hallowed ground for the rest of time. Breccan breathes again. Time heals. That was four hundred years ago. Seventeenth century spells, however, are no match for twenty first century living. As Ramply Homes moves in, the secret of St Martin’s churchyard prepares to move out. As the church is desecrated, the spells that hold Antony break. Soon, Becca Martin, a descendant of Isabella, is plagued by dreams of a time and a man she cannot possibly have known. As her nightmares become real, Becca has no choice but to contact the one person who will be able to help; someone she has not spoken to in a decade – her mother. Here, Becca discovers the truth about her ancestry and is forced to face up to whom and what she is. Only a wooden box and her gift hold the key to her survival. Four hundred years ago Antony failed. He will not fail again.

BROKEN BONDS: Driven to keep a promise to a man who would rather see her dead than alive, Becca Martin is forced to delve deeper into her past and that of her ancestors to find the answers she seeks. Still raw from the death of her mother, Becca embarks on an emotional journey, bringing her closer to two very different men for two very different reasons. Frank Jakes, who saved Becca from the wrath of Antony Cardover, is now the closest thing Becca has to family. Incensed and concerned by her bloody-mindedness, Jakes introduces Ellie Lawrence, a young woman with dark secrets of her own, into Becca’s life. Ignoring Jakes’ advice, Becca takes her life into her own hands in her pursuit for a cure. She would have died if not for Ellie’s extraordinary speed and strength. Antony Cardover, now subdued and compliant, has no choice but to help Becca in her search for a way to break his curse. This quest, much to Becca’s shock, brings them closer together as well as closer to the person who has caused so much pain and anguish in so many peoples’ lives – Ebenezer Lightwoller. It is here, at the mercy of Ebenezer, that Becca has to make the biggest decision of her life; a decision that begs the question of whether some promises are just meant to be broken?

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