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The Companion

Susan Squires

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England, 1815: Ian Rufford was captured, enslaved, and then abandoned in the lonely dunes of Egypt's desert. His tormentor was a woman of magnificent beauty...and the blackest of souls. Now, Ian prays for a death that will not come. Only after his rescue does he begin to realize how he has changed. But he understands very little. Just that he is carrying something strange in his blood known only as "The Companion."

Elizabeth Rochewell's home was Egypt. After her father's death, however, she is being sent home to live a conventional life in London. On board ship, she finds herself drawn to her mysterious traveling companion, Ian Rufford. He awakens feelings in her that disturb and tantalize her senses. But he hides a shocking secret that Beth can only begin to unravel.

Now, journey with two linked souls who are determined to stop one woman's evil quest. A journey that will take them to the heights of desire and the depths of depravity. THE COMPANION is an unforgettable, sensual, and erotic novel that take you places you've never gone before...and it will make you believe in the power of true love.

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EL GOLEA, SAHARA DESERT, AUGUST 1818
Fear drained away as he watched her from underneath his lashes. One long gold-painted nail beckoned to him. She lay draped across the chaise. The blood-red silks that hung from her shoulders were fastened only with a girdle of twined gold at her waist. Outside, the wind began to wail. Sand shushed against the walls of the tent. The scent of cinnamon and something else he could not name suffused the hot, dry air inside. In the dim light her skin glowed with perspiration and the very air vibrated with her vitality. Under the almost transparent fabric
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Praise for The Companion

"All of the elements that made Squires' previous sci-fi romantic suspense novel, Body Electric, such an eye-popping read manifest themselves here-a feverish romance, a pervasive sense of danger and an exhilarating chase full of adrenaline-fueled encounters... few romantic suspense authors know how to write a chase sequence as thrillingly as Squires."-Publishers Weekly on No More Lies

"Squires' fast-paced conspiracy novel gives readers a run for their money, and then some."-Booklist on No More Lies

"Readers of such historical titles as Claudia Dain's To Burn will enjoy Squires' epic style and unforgettable characters."-Booklist on Danelaw

"Electrifying and sensual sci-fi romance...Squires's deft plotting and full-bodied characters make this whirlwind adventure worthwhile."-Publishers Weekly on Body Electric

"Wow! Susan Squires gives her readers a breathless hardcore ride in her latest, Body Electric."
-Romantic Times Top Pick on Body Electric

"Body Electric is dynamite. It keeps you on the edge of your seat even while it makes you think-and it does it with great characters and a zong of sensuality. This book is a ripping good read. I couldn't put it down."-Catherine Asaro, on Body Electric

"Susan Squires has a fascinating, unique voice; she is a rare talent. An absolute must-read."
-Christine Feehan on Body Electric

"A taut, daring, edge-of-your-seat read, Body Electric will leave you gasping for more. Gifted new author Susan Squires blends romance and cyber-thriller in a masterful work that advances the genre as much as it entertains...and logs on as one of the promising new stars in 21st-century romantic fiction."
-Susan Grant on Body Electric

"[The writing of Susan Squires] is not for the faint of heart."-Romantic Times

"An outstanding debut novel that takes some risks and succeeds. Susan Squires gives us a gritty, complex love story that is as engrossing as it is endearing."-The Romance Reader on Danegeld

"Bravo Susan Squires! If we let this wonderful, original book fall by the wayside, we will be stuck with cookie-cutter books and will have only ourselves to blame."-All About Romance on Danegeld

"A competent and well-thought-out historical novel, with just a bit of magic thrown in for delicious spice. Brava, Ms. Squires!" -Old Book Barn Gazette on Danegeld

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Susan Squires

  • SUSAN SQUIRES grew up among the giant redwoods of California. Now an executive in a Fortune 500 company, one of her many mid-life crises resulted in a return to her love of writing. She researches and writes her books at the beach in Southern California, supported by two Belgian Sheepdogs, a warmblood mare and a wonderful husband named Harry who writes occult mysteries as H.R. Knight.
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