Curran Aurick, a castle guard for Duke
Luthias, was bathing in the forestís hot springs when Tanis of
Appin, the hunt master, came upon him. The two had an
impassioned first encounter. As Curran and Tanis were parting
for the night, Luthias, on his way home from yet another
battle with the northern raiders arrives at the springs.
Luthias noticed Curran for the first time and offered him a
job in his personal guard, since two of his had died in the
battle. Curran thought his dream to ride beside the Duke into
battle had finally come true. The job soon sours as the lies
and deception are revealed. Tanis is the only man Curran can
trust. As much as Tanis loves Curran, they could lose more
than their lives if he got involved.
Heart of a Lion is a
triangle of good and evil. Kira Stone conveys the sensual
love between Curran and Tanis as so tender it almost brought
me to tears. Curran is witty, brave and loves with his whole
heart. Tanis is the strong silent type, willing to let go
rather than cause pain to his lover. Luthias is pure evil,
who takes what he wants for his own pleasure. I enjoyed this
tale of a not so merry old England; I look forward to reading
more from Kira Stone.