The shadow and the star laura kinsale
The Shadow and the Star (Victorian Hearts, #2) by Laura KinsaleTHE SHADOW
Wealthy, powerful and majestically handsome, he is a man of dark secrets--a master of the ancient martial arts of an exotic distant land. Scarred by a childhood of shocking degradation, he has sworn to love chastely... but burns with the fires of unfulfilled passion.
Lovely, innocent and nearly destitute, she is drawn to him by a fevered yearning she could never deny -- following her enigmatic shadow warrior into a dangerous world of desire and righteous retribution.
The Shadow and the Star
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RSS Feeds. Leda Etoile was orphaned at a young age, but was taken in and raised by a prim and proper older lady. As such, she has learned proper etiquette and how to comport herself like a lady in every circumstance in spite of being a commoner. Since her guardian passed away, Leda has supported herself by working in a dressmaker's shop, but her meager finances are beginning to wear thin. When she innocently mentions this fact to Madame Elise, the owner of the shop, Madame Elise makes arrangements for a man to support her, for a price of course. Leda, appalled by the mere suggestion, immediately resigns her position which leaves her in even more dire financial straits.