by Marisa Padrta
Rain can’t remember her past before falling into the hands of a slave trader at a young age and, as time runs out, she plans one final escape. Having heard thrilling tales of the captain of a legendary ship called The Black Mantis, she finds herself drawn to him and his extravagant promises. Fighting to break free of the mental mess of anguish, fear, and betrayal that consumed her entire life, Rain must learn the meaning of trust and strength from the only man who has ever shown her any compassion. Yet their delicate bond is threatened by a villain with an unforeseen connection to her past.
Second heir to the kingdom of Rhine, Prince Damon Trevillian’s main interest is sailing his ship, and he has no desire to pursue the plans his parents have decided for his future. In an effort to avoid the inevitable, he embarks on a mission to discover what his heart truly seeks. Along the way, he finds nothing more challenging than a mysterious, young woman with a troubled past. He promises her a better life and, with relentless charm, he’s determined to make her smile. But is Damon doing it to help her or himself? One wrong decision could spell her doom.
After eleven years in confinement, Soren Cainen, known only as the harbinger of death and destruction, must continue a killing spree for the life-sucking creature that controls him. He decides to find a way to break free when he discovers something he thought he had lost over a decade ago. But only two people can help him make it possible. One he wants to cherish, the other he has to kill.
Marisa Padrta weaves an exciting, epic tale of perseverance, of love lost and found again, and of finding the strength and courage to proceed, even when faced with seemingly insurmountable odds.
About the Author:
Born in Palermo, Sicily, and raised in the United States from the age of five, Marisa Padrta has always had a love of writing. She currently resides in Illinois with her husband and her three cats, where she enjoys spending time with her family, playing video games, reading and, of course, writing. Rain is her first published novel.
(2014, paperback, 594 pages)