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Ian Rufford was captured, enslaved, and then abandoned in the lonely dunes of the North African desert. His tormentor was a woman of magnificent beauty. . .and the blackest of souls. Now, Ian prays for a death that will not come. Only after his rescue does he begin to realize how he has changes. He is carrying something strange in his blood known only as "The Companion," and his new-found symbiotic partner will exact a terrible price in return for the gifts Ian is only beginning to understand.
Elizabeth Rochewell's home was North Africa, where she traveled the desert organizing her father's archeological expeditions. After her fathers death, she is sent home to live a conventional life in London. Onboard ship, she finds herself drawn to her mysterious fellow passenger, Ian Ruffed. He awakens feelings in her that disturb and tantalize her senses. But he hides a shocking secret. Beth has spend her life unraveling the secrets of the desert. Little does she know how danger it will be to unravel Ian's, to her soul as well as to her heart.
This book was previously published by MacMillan/Pan MacMillan
Praise for Susan Squires and The Companion
"A darkly compelling vampire romance.. .the plot keeps the reader turning the pages long into the night."
Affaire de Coeur
"Bestseller Squires charts a new direction with this exotic, extremely erotic, and early dangerous Regency-set paranormal tale. With her ability to create powerful and tormented characters, Squires has developed a novel that is graphic, gripping and unforgettable."
Romantic Times (4 1/2 starred review)
"Susan Squires has a fascinating, unique voice; she is a rare talent"
"A book to be savored, not torn through at breakneck speed. . .Squires is a talented author."
"A vibrant, riveting, and sometimes just plain scary novel that should satisfy anyone--including the man in your life--who enjoys paranormal tales. Squires's saga is off to an intriguing start."
All About Romance
"Squires has demonstrated a talent that few can surpass. Her descriptions and historical details are flawless. Her characters exceed their potential and the plot keeps you quickly turning the pages. Squires has joined the company of authors whose books are classics. Look for this book to become a classic in its genre too." CoffeeTime Romance
New York Times Bestselling author Susan Squires is a third-generation northern California whose father almost disowned her for moving south to get her Masters degree from UCLA. Now she lives at the beach with her husband, a writer of paranormal mysteries, and two Belgian sheepdogs. She trains her dogs (or they train her) for dog trials. She's an advice knitter and a hockey fan. Her books have been named Best Books of the Year by Publisher's Weekly, garnered many Reviewer's Choice awards from RT Book Reviews and been nominated for Romance Writers of America's Rita Award, as well as winning the Holt Medallion, The Golden Heart and the BookBuyer's Best contests among many others.