Maiden Behind the Mask
Tara
Chevrestt
Historical
Romance Novella, Sensual

Blurb:
When
Catalina Rodriguez is attacked by a would-be rapist and rescued by the dashing
Ricardo Garcia, she not only becomes more aware of the handsome man, but also
vows that she’ll never be a damsel in distress again. Using the timeless method
of blackmail, she convinces her uncle to teach her to fight and becomes a
masked crusader in the night, saving other damsels from robbers and rough
handling.
However,
scandalous rumors and dwindling funds force Ricardo and Catalina to marry. Not
immune to each other’s charms, their marriage starts fiery, but when one of
Catalina’s nightly escapades results in dire consequences, she is forced to
spurn her husband’s amorous advances…or reveal a secret that could turn him
away from her forever.
Ricardo’s
not a man to be cuckolded or left in the dark. Is his wife having an affair
with El Capitan, the masked savior? If so…they will both pay.
Excerpt:
She
tore her gaze away from the mare and said firmly. “Cinco pesos. And only
because this yegua has fire, not because of your terms. Selena, pay him.”
Selena’s
hand shook, but the pesos were transferred to the dirty palm. The man laughed
with glee, the crowd dispersed, and Catalina was left with a dirty, starving
horse.
“We
shall get you fed and cleaned up.” She patted the mare’s neck. A cloud of dirt
rose in the air, and Catalina struggled not to cough. “I shall call you La
Reina, because once in my establo, I shall treat you like a queen. Your body may
be beaten, but your spirit is not broken.”
“Catalina?”
Her maid’s voice was tentative as it interrupted her quiet chattering.
“Whatever possessed you—”
“Fetch
me a mozo,” Catalina interrupted her. “Take the remaining pesos and fetch me a
groom. La Reina is going to her castle.” She wasn’t offering more explanation
than that. She didn’t owe anyone an explanation. She’d done what was right.
As
her maid turned to comply, heading toward the livery, a loud pffffht rent the
air. Catalina stared at her new acquisition in surprise.
Selena
froze and swung around to admonish her charge. “Señorita! Your behavior has
been questionable enough this day. Mind yourself.” She shook her head and her
finger both before turning back to the task at hand.
Catalina
heard her muttering as she sashayed away. She was too surprised and too tired
to defend herself, but the breeze picked up, and a waft of foul air assaulted
her. Catalina immediately tugged a delicate, lace handkerchief from her sleeve
and placed it over her nose as she glared at the horse.
La
Reina snorted and pawed the ground. Catalina could swear the mare was laughing
at her. She merely shook her head. “Dios mío, and you let me take the blame for
that?”
Pffffhht. Pfffht.
La
Reina whinnied and bared her teeth as though she were smiling.
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Tara
Chevrestt is a deaf woman, former aviation mechanic, writer, and an editor. She
is most passionate about planes, motorcycles, dogs, and above all, reading.
That led to her love of writing. Between her writing and her editing, which
allows her to be home with her little canine kids, she believes she has the
greatest job in the world. She is very happily married.

Her
theme is Strong is Sexy. She shares a
website with her naughty pen name: http://tarachevrestt.weebly.com/index.html
and they have a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tara-Chevrestt-Sonia-Hightower/218383211513877
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