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December Book of the Month

Nikki and Damien continue in Take Me

I awake to an empty bed and the smell of frying bacon. I roll over to find my phone on the bedside table, then glance at the time. Not yet six. I groan and fall back among the pillows, but I don't really want to go back to sleep. What I want is Damien. I slide out of bed, then grab the tank top and yoga pants I'd left draped across a nearby armchair. I head barefoot out of the bedroom and move the short distance down the hall to the third-floor kitchen. We're standing in Damien's Malibu house, and the wall of windows that faces the ocean is wide open, the glass panels having been thrust aside to let in the breeze. The smell of the ocean mingles with the scent of breakfast and I breathe deep, realizing that I am content. Whatever demons had poked at me during the night, Damien effectively banished them. I glance toward the windows and out at the darkened Pacific. Waves glow white in the fading moonlight as they break upon the shore. There is beauty there, and part of me wants to walk to the balcony and stare out at the roiling, frothing water. But the siren call of the ocean is nothing compared to my desire to see Damien, and so I turn away from the windows and head straight to the kitchen. It is larger than the one in the condo I used to share with my best friend, Jamie, and it is not even the primary kitchen for this house. That is on the first floor, and could easily service a one-hundred-table restaurant. But this - the "small" kitchen - was installed as an adjunct to the open area that serves as a venue for entertaining, and since it is just down the hall from our bedroom, Damien and I have gotten into the habit of cooking our meals and eating in this cozier, more informal area. Usually we're joined by Lady Meow-Meow, the fluffy white cat I took custody over when Jamie moved out. I know Lady M misses Jamie, but she's also enjoying having the run of this huge house, and Gregory - the valet, butler, and all around house-running guy - spoils her rotten. Now I lean against the half wall that marks the break from hallway to kitchen. Damien is standing at the stove cooking an omelette as if he were nothing more than an ordinary guy. Except there is nothing ordinary about Damien Stark. He is grace and power, beauty and heat. He is exceptional, and he has captured me completely. At the moment, he is shirtless, and I cannot help the way my breath stutters as my eyes skim over the defined muscles of his back and his taut, strong arms. Damien's first fortune came not form business, but from his original career as a champion tennis player. Even now, years later, he has both the look and the power of an elite athlete. I let my gaze drift down appreciatively. He is wearing simple gray sweatpants that sit low on his narrow hips and cling to the curves of his perfectly toned ass. Like me, he is barefoot. He looks young and sexy and completely delicious. Yet despite his casual appearance, I can still see the executive. The powerful businessman who harnessed the world, who shifted it to his own liking and made a fortune in the process. He is strength and control. And I am humbled by the knowledge that I am what he values most of all, and that I will spend the rest of my life at his side. "You're staring," he says, his eyes still on the stove. I grin happily, like a child. "I enjoy looking at pretty things." He turns now, and his eyes rake over me, starting at my toes. "So do I," he says when his gaze reaches my face, and there is so much heat in his voice that my legs go weak and my body quivers with want. His mouth curves into a slow, sexy smile, and I am absolutely certain in that moment that I am going to melt. "You spoiled my surprise," he says, then nods toward the breakfast table where a tray sits with a glass bud vase displaying a single, red rose. "Breakfast in bed."

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The Knights Templar Collection

Michael Jecks
Authors:
Michael Jecks

Escape into the evocative medieval world of Sir Baldwin de Furnshill and his friend Bailiff Simon Puttock, as you join them on the suspenseful trail of three murder mysteries. The Knights Templar Collection brings together three engrossing novels in the widely acclaimed and much-loved Knights Templar series by Michael Jecks. Perfect for fans of C.J. Sansom and Bernard Cornwell.The Mad Monk of Gidleigh (Book 14): As the winter of 1323 descends on Dartmoor, who could blame the young priest, Father Mark, for seeking affection from the miller's daughter, Mary? But when Mary and her unborn child are found dead, Mark is the obvious suspect. Called to investigate, Sir Baldwin de Furnshill and his friend Bailiff Simon Puttock soon begin to have their doubts. And by the time their search is over, life will never be quite the same again.The Templar's Penance (Book 15): It is the summer of 1323, and Sir Baldwin de Furnshill and Bailiff Simon Puttock have been granted leave to go on pilgrimage. When a beautiful girl is found murdered on a hillside en route to Santiago de Compostela, the friends are among the first on the scene. As Baldwin and Simon lend their skills to the inquiry, the unexpected appearance of a face from Baldwin's past could threaten the investigation, as well as the future of Baldwin himself...The Outlaws of Ennor (Book 16): On return from pilgrimage, Sir Baldwin de Furnshill and Bailiff Simon Puttock's ship is attacked by pirates, and Simon sees Baldwin washed overboard. On the island of Ennor, Simon must investigate the murder of the island's hated tax collector while, unbeknownst to his friend, Baldwin begins to unpick the same murder on the other side of the island. Can the pair uncover the truth in time to prevent certain massacre? What readers are saying about The Knights Templar mysteries: 'Michael Jecks is one of the best medieval writers of our times. His two main characters come alive in the imagination when you're reading them''The characters are richly drawn and weave in and out of the events of the early 14th century, with Michael Jecks showing great knowledge of the times''Good introduction to the series'

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The Outlaws of Ennor (Knights Templar Mysteries 16)

Michael Jecks
Authors:
Michael Jecks

Separated, but working on the same mystery, what will befall Sir Baldwin and Simon Puttock after a devastating shipwreck? The brooding Scilly Isles provide the backdrop to Michael Jecks' absorbing sixteenth mystery, The Outlaws of Ennor, featuring the ever-popular Sir Baldwin de Furnshill and Bailiff Simon Puttock. Perfect for fans of Susanna Gregory and C.J. Sansom. 'Tremendously successful medieval mystery series' - Sunday Independent On the return from their pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, in the summer of 1323, Sir Baldwin de Furnshill and Bailiff Simon Puttock's ship is attacked by pirates. They fight their attackers off, but then there are too few shipmen when a terrible storm strikes. As the ship breaks up, Simon sees Baldwin washed overboard. Distraught, Simon makes his way to shore.But on the island of Ennor, he must put aside his fears and investigate the murder of Robert, the island's hated tax collector, at the behest of master of the castle, Ranulph de Blancminster.Meanwhile, washed up on the other side of the island, Baldwin begins his own investigation of the same murder. As the friends dig deeper, they become embroiled in a bitter rivalry between the two island communities. Can they uncover the truth in time to prevent certain massacre? What readers are saying about The Outlaws of Ennor: 'Michael's books are full of intrigue and mystery and they are particularly well researched''What a great book this was...Michael Jecks is a great writer and in this genre, I don't think you will find anyone better''Five stars'

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The Chapel of Bones (Knights Templar Mysteries 18)

Michael Jecks
Authors:
Michael Jecks

As Sir Baldwin and Simon Puttock uncover the mysteries surrounding the church, they risk making more enemies than friends... The Chapel of Bones is the eighteenth mystery in Michael Jecks' riveting Knights Templar medieval series, featuring Sir Baldwin de Furnshill and Simon Puttock. Perfect for fans of Susanna Gregory and Paul Doherty.'This fascinating portrayal of medieval life and the corruption of the Church will not disappoint. With convincing characters whose treacherous acts perfectly combine with a devilishly masterful plot, Jecks transports readers back to this wicked world with ease' - The Good Book GuideIn 1283, Exeter Cathedral Close was the scene of a vicious ambush. Now, forty years on, more deaths are occurring. Is the first an accident? The second is surely not, and the killer will not be easy to catch. The victim, Henry Potell, was feared by many and held secrets some would wish to keep hidden, at any cost...For investigators Sir Baldwin de Furnshill, Keeper of the King's Peace, and his friend Bailiff Simon Puttock, events become increasingly mysterious. Who among Henry Potell's companions would have wanted him dead? The key to the mystery lies in the ominous Chapel of Bones, built in reparation for a terrible murder long ago... What readers are saying about The Chapel of Bones: '[An] engrossing and compelling read...rich in ambiance, colour and historical detail''Another tightly plotted episode in the Templar series. Jecks is a master''Michael Jecks hits the spot with an intriguing mystery that you can't put down'

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The Butcher of St Peter's (Knights Templar Mysteries 19)

Michael Jecks
Authors:
Michael Jecks

A dangerous killer stalks the streets of Exeter... can Sir Baldwin and Simon Puttock hope to catch him? The Butcher of St Peter's is the gripping nineteenth novel in Michael Jecks' popular medieval series, the Knights Templar mysteries, featuring Sir Baldwin de Furnshill and Simon Puttock. Perfect for fans of Ellis Peters and George R. R. Martin.'Compellingly brought to life' - Julian StockwinExeter, 1323: a strange figure - obsessed with children - seems intent on entering people's homes at night. Though many believe him to be harmless, a man now lies dead, slaughtered for protecting his family, and the person responsible must be caught.To Sir Baldwin de Furnshill, the death is suspicious, for the victim had many enemies amid the city's criminal underworld. As the country prepares for yet another civil war, Baldwin faces an impossible task. And when two further bodies are uncovered, the city shudders at the prospect of a killer still at large... What readers are saying about The Butcher of St Peter's: 'A vivid account of life in Medieval Devonshire... I found myself very involved in the story and ended up reading it in one day because I was so fascinated by the scenes and the people''[A] very clever and masterful bit of writing''Michael Jecks never disappoints, his tales keep you guessing right to the end'

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A Friar's Bloodfeud (Knights Templar Mysteries 20)

Michael Jecks
Authors:
Michael Jecks
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The Malice of Unnatural Death (Knights Templar Mysteries 22)

Michael Jecks
Authors:
Michael Jecks

A deadly hunt for a dangerous secret and a ruthless killer... The twenty-second novel in Michael Jecks' Knights Templar mysteries is a riveting tale of murder and intrigue in the King's Court. Perfect for fans of George R. R. Martin andEllis Peters.'Another rip-roaring medieval intrigue. Terrific' - Nottingham Evening Post1324 and the English kingdom is in uproar: Roger Mortimer, once the King's most able commander and now his most implacable, hated enemy, is plotting the King's assassination. And Mortimer is not the only person with murder in mind...When the bodies of a local craftsman and the King's messenger are found in the streets of Exeter, Sir Baldwin de Furnshill and his friend, Simon Puttock, are implored to find the person responsible. The deceased messenger was carrying a dangerous secret that could prove fatal in the wrong hands. Baldwin and Simon must find the murderer before he can strike again... What readers are saying about The Malice of Unnatural Death: 'One of the best in the series - five stars''What great stories [Michael Jecks] writes, can't get enough of them''Thoroughly engrossing'

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The Templar, the Queen and Her Lover (Knights Templar Mysteries 24)

Michael Jecks
Authors:
Michael Jecks
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The King Of Thieves (Knights Templar Mysteries 26)

Michael Jecks
Authors:
Michael Jecks

On a diplomatic mission in France, Sir Baldwin and Simon encounter more than they bargained for... Baldwin and Simon uncover a deadly assassination plot in The King of Thieves, a gripping mystery in Michael Jecks' hugely popular medieval crime series. Perfect for fans of Paul Doherty and Susanna Gregory. 'Complicated, well-populated, written with cross-cutting gusto, and accompanied by scholarly extras' - Ellery Queen Magazine1325: Sir Baldwin de Furnshill and his friend Simon Puttock are in France guarding King Edward's son on his perilous journey to meet the French king, Charles IV. But they are unaware that King Edward's wife Isabella is disaffected and plotting her revenge...What first appears a simple diplomatic mission is fast becoming lethally dangerous. Meanwhile, two murders in Paris are causing alarm. Is there a connection between the killings and the shadowy 'King' of thieves? Simon and Baldwin know the future of the English crown is at risk. And in order to protect it they must put their own lives in jeopardy. What readers are saying about The King of Thieves: 'Fast pace, intricate plot, well-drawn characters and good period feel make this a must for all fans of this genre''I cannot praise Michael Jecks' writing highly enough, his books always keep me guessing right to the end''Fantastic read - five stars'

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No Law in the Land (Knights Templar Mysteries 27)

Michael Jecks
Authors:
Michael Jecks
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The Mad Monk Of Gidleigh (Knights Templar Mysteries 14)

Michael Jecks
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Michael Jecks
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The Bishop Must Die (Knights Templar Mysteries 28)

Michael Jecks
Authors:
Michael Jecks

1326. As the threat of war hangs over England, Sir Baldwin and Bailiff Puttock must work desperately to prevent murder, in Michael Jecks' latest thrilling mystery in this hugely popular series. In France, King Edward II's estranged wife Queen Isabella shames him by refusing to return to England, and humiliates him further by flaunting her adulterous relationship with the king's sworn enemy, traitor Sir Roger Mortimer. When the king hears she has betrothed their son to the daughter of the Count of Hainault, all England fears an invasion of Hainault mercenaries. Meanwhile the Treasurer of England's life is threatened. He has made many enemies in a long political life and Sir Baldwin and Simon must do all they can to find the would-be assassin before he can strike...

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The Prophecy of Death (Knights Templar Mysteries 25)

Michael Jecks
Authors:
Michael Jecks
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Dispensation of Death (Knights Templar Mysteries 23)

Michael Jecks
Authors:
Michael Jecks
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The Death Ship of Dartmouth (Knights Templar Mysteries 21)

Michael Jecks
Authors:
Michael Jecks
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The Tolls of Death (Knights Templar Mysteries 17)

Michael Jecks
Authors:
Michael Jecks

After their gruelling journeys to Galicia and Scilly, Baldwin and Simon are at last back on the English mainland, dumped unceremoniously when their shipmaster partakes of his cargo and almost wrecks the ship. Eager to get home, Baldwin and Simon set off on horseback but only get as far as Cardinham on Bodmin Moor. Here, they are detained by the castellan who requires their help to solve two murders on the estate. The first victim is a widow, found dead with her two children. The second is Serlo, the Miller, who has recently been discovered embezzling castle money taken in tolls. As Baldwin and Simon begin a double investigation, they must look beneath the village friendships and family loyalties to find an evil killer and secure Cardinham's safety.

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The Templar's Penance (Knights Templar Mysteries 15)

Michael Jecks
Authors:
Michael Jecks
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The Devil's Acolyte

Michael Jecks
Authors:
Michael Jecks

Amidst the myth and folklore of Tavistock, one tale above all others strikes fear into the hearts of the town's inhabitants - that of the murders on the Abbot's Way -whereby a young acolyte paid the price for stealing his abbot's wine when the devil himself led him to his death on the treacherous Devon moors. Now, in the autumn of 1322, it looks as though history may be repeating itself. Abbot Robert has found his wine barrel empty, and a body has been discovered on the moors. Sir Baldwin Furnshill and Bailiff Simon Puttock are called upon to investigate but it soon becomes apparent that it's not just wine that's gone missing from the abbey, and the body on the moor isn't the last ...

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The Crediton Killings

Michael Jecks
Authors:
Michael Jecks

The Devonshire town of Crediton is awaiting an important guest, the Bishop of Exeter. But a band of mercenary soldiers is already in residence, and though mercenaries are a common sight in the fourteenth century, these men are bent on havoc. They terrify travellers, show no respect to anyone and there's a rumour a local girl has been seduced by their leader. The bishop's visit could be ruined...Simon Puttock, bailiff of Lydford, and Baldwin Furnshill, Keeper of the King's Peace, reluctantly attend the bishop's welcome dinner and are relieved when a disturbance interrupts the meal. They are less pleased, though, when they discover there's been a robbery amongst the mercenaries. And then a young girl is discovered murdered, hidden in a chest. The Crediton killings have begun...

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A Moorland Hanging

Michael Jecks
Authors:
Michael Jecks
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The Last Templar

Michael Jecks
Authors:
Michael Jecks