A new adventure begins...
Winds of Fury Trilogy
Though Marcus Ryan Drake is English by birth,
he calls the high seas his home until he is
captured by his enemies. A scamp by nature, he
meets his equal in Liandra Espinosa, a Spanish
noblewoman, with a devastating secret in her
past. When this 17th century pirate loses his
heart to this beautiful crusader, he becomes the
notorious Night Shadow to save the lives of those
who are closest to him.
A launch title for the Seduction line.
This debut novel is an RWA Golden
Heart finalist and a launch title for
Berkley's new Seduction Romance
line. In one man's quest for justice, he
must choose between the cause he
would die for and the woman who
would give him life.
My Lord Pirate ~ Book 1
Night Shadow ~ Book 2
Heart of the Condor ~
Book 3 ISBN 0-515-13335-3
Gabriel Espinosa, Spain's most victorious commander is
about to meet his match.
Trapped in a deadly fight, which he doesn't belong, the man
known as, El Condor to his people, finds himself wedded to
the sister of a formidable foe. Lady Sarah Drake is
spectacular with her beauty and courage.
Strangers by day, lovers by night, two unlikely allies are
thrust into a game of seduction and danger. From the exotic
West Indies to the courtrooms of England, Gabriel and
Sarah will forge their destiny, where Gabriel must finally
choose between his people or his heart.
On the eve of a nation's independence a dark rider looms over the night. One of the
most powerful men in the colonies, he is also the most WANTED. A story of intrigue,
murder and an irresistibly erotic liaison that will change two lives forever.
Jove November 2002
*****Similar to James Fenimore Cooper's classic The Spy
In 1772 Virginia British Sea Captain Julian Lambert learns that someone murdered his half brother Patrick. As he admires the gravestone carved from expensive marble,
Julian knows that an unknown person paid a lot of money for this "tribute". He orders his solicitor to find him a name even if it means spending the money earned selling
his cargo of muskets. Julian tells the solicitor to toss around the name Merlin.
Julian works a double life as an English sea caption who actually spies for the Sons of Liberty. Someone betrays Julian and his contact Catherine Bellmay leading to their
capture by the British, but Julian liberates both of them. As they fall in love, Julian seeks to uncover the identity of the individual who betrayed him to the English, but
hopes to have a bit more success than he has had with obtaining the name of Patrick's killer beyond a deadly game of chess.
WICKED LIES is an exhilarating pre-Revolutionary War espionage romance that is loaded with so many twists and turns, the audience will read the novel in one sitting to
see where Laura Renken guides them next. Julian, resembling Harry Birch of James Fenimore Cooper's classic The Spy, risks everything for love, honor, and duty while
Catherine is an intrepid heroine. 1770s tidbits provide the extra spice to a strong tale that proves Ms. Renken, though obviously comfortable with the sea, is a fine
landlubber of an author as well. ~Harriet Klausner
Romantic Times Top Pick & Hero KISS award
“For action, adventure, thought provoking plots and sizzling sensuality, few new authors can beat Laura Renken. She's well on her way to becoming a star.” —Romantic
“HEART OF THE CONDOR is an absolute delight to read! Gabriel Espinosa is a stunning, tortured alpha male. His honor is above reproach, as is his physique! He is my
favorite kind of hero, troubled, but still reachable (by only the heroine of course). Sarah is equally well written, and a wonderful heroine who I was cheering for all the way.
The reader will delight in the reintroduction of some of the characters from Laura Renken’s previous books!
The dialogue is fresh and witty, and at times, so poignant you will hear your heart breaking.” —Susie Burkett, romancefiction.about.com
“HEART OF THE CONDOR is a multifaceted story. On one hand, it's a high seas adventure, with authentically written details of shipboard life; on the other hand, it's a
love story of two people with very little in common except for the emotions they share. Dialogue is smooth-flowing with touches of Spanish to add to the authenticity. ...
very enjoyable, well-written adventure. With unique characters, a fresh plot, and some intimate scenes that will have you fanning yourself, this is the perfect beach book
for the summer!”—Romance Reviews Today
“Laura, -Only you could write a smash ending to this exciting family series. I found myself holding my breath as I read what Gabriel's fate was to be. Excellent trilogy. It will
LONG be on my keeper shelf to be reread again and again.” Suzie Housley, Myshelf.Com
"Heart of the Condor is a not to be missed adventure with one of the sexiest Spaniards to foray through romance. A finely crafted book: sensual, emotional, engrossing.
Bravo." USA Best selling author, Katherine Sutcliffe
Readers are raving about Night Shadow:
“Hooks you from the beginning. Nightshadow has it all: wonderfully warm and complex characters and a page turning plot.” ~ USA Today Bestselling Author Patricia
“Laura Renken is a master storyteller. Nightshadow is a spellbinding combination of spark and sizzle that leaves you breathless and satisfied. A true Platinum read.”
~ Bridges Romance Magazine
“A swashbuckling adventure with a hero you won't forget. I give this book five stars" Renken's voice is fresh and exciting. If you're looking for a swashbuckling
adventure with a feisty heroine you can empathize with and a hero you won't forget, pick up NIGHTSHADOW. Newcomer Laura Renken is definitely an author to
watch.” ~ Lisa Ramaglia, Scribes World.
“Laura Renken has penned another delightful read. NIGHTSHADOW is a remarkable story of forbidden love. With each family secret revealed Ms. Renken draws
you deeper into the lives of her characters, and leaves you eagerly awaiting her next book. Keep an eye out for this author!” ~ Fatin Soufan,
Romantic Times Reviewer Choice nomination
Colorado Award of Excellence honorable mention
Dorothy Parker Award of Excellence Finalist
Romantic Times Top pick & Hero K.I.S.S Award “The plot is tight, the action mesmerizing, the characters a blast to witness. Brava!!!” ~ Anne Black, Romantic Times
“Hands down the best book I've read all year! Passion and piracy, loyalty and love, My Lord Pirate delivers it all with powerful panache.” ~ Mary Dunne, Bridges Magazine
“MY LORD PIRATE, the debut novel from Laura Renken, is an absolutely fabulous, nail biting, edge-of-your-seat, heavy-sigh historical romance.” ~ Susie Burkett, Heartrate
“MLP will sail into your heart! I never wanted the story to end, as Ms. Renken's writing style was superb, placing me in the midst of the action and giving the characters life and
soul. I was hooked on the story by the end of the first page, in love with the characters by the end of the first chapter, and a devoted Laura Renken reader by the end of the
book.” ~ Julie Shininger, Escape to Romance.
“A highly recommended read! 5 Stars!” ~ Kathy's Faves and Raves
“Laura Renken's debut effort shows why she was so deserving as a finalist for RWA's Golden Heart Award. Though her plot and characters are complex, they show
vulnerability and are richly drawn. It's quite evident that high adventure and high sensuality also go hand in hand, and we can only hope to read more great things from this
new rising star.” ~ Hollie Domiano, Affair de Couer
“MY LORD PIRATE makes for a spellbinding Romeo and Juliet on the High Seas. Historical romance lovers are in for a treat from newcomer Laura Renken.”
~ Lisa Ramaglia, Scribes World
“Laura Renken's My Lord Pirate is a truly an award winning novel. Fast moving and full of twists and turns, it will leave you turning the pages and staying on edge right until the
very end.” ~ Suzie Housley, Myshelf.Com Reviewer
“Laura Renken's novel is so fast paced you won't be able to put it down.” Fatin Soufan, Addicted2Romancebooks.com
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These books were printed by Berkley under the Seduction Line
These books are out of print but can be found at Amazon or Bn.com for order from associates booksellerse