The Unforgiven: Athos by Michele Hauf

Wicked women are his undoing… Musketeer Arnaud de Sillegue d’Athos is ready to bid adieu to the King’s Guard and to lay down his sword. Yet he’s been charged with one final mission—to apprehend a dangerous enemy of the king, the Belle Dame Sans Merci. Despite his desire to pursue a woman who causes such destruction, Athos refuses…until he sees a sketch of her. It’s the same villainess with whom he had been locked in a passionate embrace. Emmanuelle Vazet never gives up control, even if briefly, yet in the arms of a blue-eyed stranger, she felt the need to give in and let desire take over. But now circumstances have placed her at the scene of a murder. Her reputation has preceded her, even if she is innocent. Now her nameless lover is the enemy. A royalist. A musketeer who could be her undoing…unless she becomes his undoing first. Action, adventure and swashbuckling set in 17th century France! If you’re a fan of Alexandre Dumas’ musketeers, this story continues the adventures following The Four Musketeers (and preceding Twenty Years After), and explores Athos’s life when he desires to muster out of the musketeers and retire to Blois. D’Artagnan, Aramis, and even Mordaunt (before he is known by that moniker) make an appearance. All for one, and one for all!

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