Help me welcome Rue Allyn and her nasty villain to Medieval Monday's Villain post hop. And I defy you not to shudder when you read about Basti! If you'd care to brush up on last week's installment first, go to Laurel O'Donnell's blog http://www.laurel-odonnell.com/blog.html.
EXCERPT 7 – #MedievalHop Pretty is as Pretty Does,from #KnightErrant by @RueAllyn
“Your Beguine robes have undergone a change?” Basti lifted a delicately arched brow. He was small in stature, but he was perfectly proportioned. She had heard that his face had been used as the model for any number of angelic frescoes. After his appointment to Rome, ’twas how he had come to the pope’s attention.
“My apparel need not concern you,” she said politely. Her brain dashed between what she knew of Basti and how to escape him.
“Oh but it does.” He moved forward and took her chin between fingers and thumb.
Juliana’s skin crawled. Careful to remain calm, she held his gaze while she shifted her hands to grip the dagger. She knew from past encounters that Basti fed on the reactions of his victims. Could she use that to her advantage? How? “What do you want?” She kept her tone level, even though screams raged inside her.
He turned her face from side to side. “Such a pretty container for so much evil. Where is your lover? He must be made to see you for the foul creature you are.”
“I cannot tell you that.” If she could wound the priest, she might have enough time to escape out the window.
A beatific grin spread across Basti’s face. “You invite the wrath of Il Mano de Dei?”
If Sir Robert Clarwyn can't find a way to compel Lady Juliana Verault to return to England, he'll lose any chance of regaining his family lands and redeeming his heritage. Yet Juliana must complete her mission to improve her gender's future in the church. With danger and intrigue mounting, Robert and Juliana must rely on each other and risk everything … including their hearts.
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