Dark Inheritance: Fallen Empire by K. Reed
Genre: Regency Dystopian
Format: print and ebook
Publisher: Self (May 8, 2012)
BLURB: The once glittering ballrooms of Regency England now lay desolate. A plague has ravaged the countryside. The government has fallen. What vestiges of order remained have been consumed by the endless funeral pyres.
Grayson, once the Baron of Harwich, sought only to protect his people. Rescuing a half-dead woman was not among his plans. But something about her pulled at him. Perhaps it was her beauty, still evident beneath the pallor of loss. Perhaps it was the recently fired rifle at her side. Or maybe he was simply tried of death. All he knew was that the plague had taken too much already. He couldn’t let it take her as well.
Lady Juliette Adair had been ready to die with her brother. She didn't expect to be shown mercy in a world that had no room for mercy. When Grayson saved her she questioned his motives but soon found herself intrigued by him, drawn to him.
Societal rules were a thing of the past, dead along with the ton. Juliette had no manner by which to measure her growing closeness to Grayson any longer. But when she discovers he may not be the man she thought she knew more is at stake than just her heart. The secrets she carries could make a king or destroy one.
An excerpt from Dark Inheritance:
“How do you survive if you gather every beggar you find?” she wondered softly.
Grayson took a step closer and, even if he didn’t know himself why he insisted on taking her back to Harwich, answered honestly. “I’ve never taken one before now.”
Shaking her head, Juliette glanced to her brother. “Do not start with me, then. I should be here.” She gestured to the body. “By his side.”
When her eyes met his again, he saw it. Despite her weakness, her delicate state, strength sparked in her blue eyes. Unbidden, fury flashed through him at her words, at a sentiment that contrasted with the look in her eyes.
He’d given his men strict instructions. No matter what they saw, how many begged for mercy, they were to perform their duties—find supplies to help their village, their people. Never had they disobeyed him.
Today marked the first time his commands had been broken. And it was he who had broken them. Instinct, an unnamed feeling, wouldn’t allow him to leave her behind. Grayson was drawn to her, wanted her. Juliette touched a part of him he’d thought long abandoned.
Leaning closer, Grayson said clearly, “I have no interest in your absolution.”
Guest Post by K. Reed:
Reader Girls asked the author: Alternate reality and historical romance sound like a wonderful combination I haven't seen done too often. How did Grayson and Lady Juliette's story come about?
K. Reed: After I had the world in place, and knew certain aspects of it, I needed to populate it! I wanted a heroine who was more than just a lost soul in need of saving—so I gave Juliette a very important secret. And then there was Grayson—who was he? He was the Baron of Harwich (who may have been molded off an actor I found exceptionally good looking but that’s neither here nor there). Anyway, Grayson survived the plague though it took the rest of his family.
Grayson is a survivor. However, even he knew he couldn’t do it on his own so took his military experience and fortified both his estate and the village and created a compound. During the opening of the story, Grayson does something typical a man like he would have done—he searched for what is left (if anything) of the government.
On his return from London, he encounters Juliette. From that point on, their story is of two people attracted to each other, definitely, but both with individual agendas and views on how to survive. They want to trust each other, and on certain levels do, but their natures oftentimes collide.
In the end, they’re simply trying to do what everyone else is—survive. Preferably with each other!
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Too many post-apocalyptic stories, movies, and what-ifs crowded her head, and K Reed decided to do something about it. So she plotted one out, decided an historical post-apocalyptic romance was the way to go, and wrote that one instead.
A lover of all things historical, of strong heroes with equally strong heroines, and of sexy pirates, she’s going to explore the post-apocalyptic world of plague-ridden 1804 and the gritty criminal element of Victorian England.
Luckily she has an understanding family, supportive friends, and a day job that offers her the flexibility she needs to plot, plan, and write. Sure, one day she’d like to travel the country in search of fantastic storylines and great locale pictures, but for now she’ll stick to the east coast and the internet.
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