The following scene takes place in an abandoned cottage situated atop the cliffs in the South Downs of Sussex. For Dax, this place is a "patch of his past," and he has come here to hunker down as midnight draws near. Robyn, with lantern in hand, has come in search of him.
Just a smudge of a shadow in the far corner of the room, Dax kept silent. Best to let Robyn believe she’d wasted her time in climbing to this wind-tortured lip of land. Let her turn around and leave. Please, God. Let her go and be safe and--
Too bad for him, for her, that the bloody phantom was roused. The beast in him forced movement.
As he stepped to the edge of the lantern’s light, Dax felt like nothing he’d ever known. This wasn’t the same as in the woods earlier today with Harry when the phantom radiated outward, but more as if the soul-smuggling fiend in him had burrowed right down into his bones and needed no phosphorescent glow to herald its presence. Arctic cold snapped through Dax’s muscles, while hell’s own heat boiled in every organ.
He smelled Robyn’s fear and the wind in her hair. He tasted the heady wildness that sang through her veins and the salt of the sea on her skin. He heard the fast swish, swish, swish of blood through her heart, sensed the iron strength of her will, and while the man in him cherished her above all things, the phantom in him had only one thought: Prey.
The Reviewers Choice Award for Best Historical Paranormal Romance by RT BookReviews. Betrothed from the cradle, separated by cruel deceit … determined to find each other once again. From the moment of her christening, Robyn belonged to Dax. But that was years ago. Her life is no longer a fairy tale but a nightmare. And the beautiful young Robyn has never met the man Dax has become—one cursed by a Phantom that dwells within him.
Night after night, since that stinging cold day he was captured by the Curse, Dax must fight the Phantom. Returning to England to uncover the secrets of his past, Dax’s heightened senses lead him straight to Robyn, who is in desperate need of help. Unless Dax fully unleashes his Phantom, Robyn won’t survive. But allowing his darkness to surface will place her in even greater peril—this time from him.