Caressed by Shadows has been a long time in the making for our hero and heroine. Falcon and Sonya have been denying/resisting their feelings for one another for 200 years - spending as much time a part as possible. Their romance is forbidden. According to vampire law, a Black Knight (Falcon) and a noble (Sonya) cannot have relations of any kind, for a knight is to protect and guard the nobles with their lives and conflicting interests can be fatal.
Here is a peek at Sonya and Falcon from Caressed by Moonlight (Rulers of Darkness #1):
Excerpt from Chapter 27
~ Glancing over his shoulder at the women, Dorian chuckled, “And this will be the perfect opportunity for you and Sonya to become better acquainted.”
Falcon’s eyes turned sharp. “You know that nothing could possibly happen between us. It is forbidden.”
“Have you ever thought that some rules are meant to be broken?”
“Not these rules, Dorian. No knight is to have a relationship with a noble woman, least of all a queen.”
Dorian said nothing as he studied the knight. Falcon was smitten, there was no denying it and Sonya seemed to be interested, but the law would not allow a knight to court a noble woman. The early vampires feared that such a relationship would compromise the warrior’s judgment and the lady’s safety. It was a shame their laws were so backward, but nothing could be done until Hadrian returned, the only way a law could be changed or thrown out was if all the kings agreed and signed an amendment with their blood.
“I am willing to let it be, Dorian.”
Dorian nodded. Falcon took his vows very seriously, sometimes too seriously and he would never go back on his word. Dorian’s eyes traveled back to his wife, her face bright with laughter, and the sound sent pleasant chills down his spine. He wished Falcon would one day find a love that would last him throughout eternity; if there were anyone in the world that deserved happiness, it was the Black Knight.~
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