Dark Lover Sneak Peaks
updated July 2009
On Sale July 28th, 2009
Book Three — The Rose Trilogy
Highland Warriors sworn to protect innocence through the ages...
Ian Maclean’s arrogance hides a terrible secret—for decades he was held prisoner by demons. Not a day goes by that he isn’t tormented by his darkest fears of powerlessness. Now he is about to sell to the highest bidder a page he’s stolen from the Book of Power—if one women doesn’t stop him.
Every Rose woman has her destiny
Slayer Samantha Rose’s latest mission is to recover the stolen page—and get payback from the only man who’s ever rejected her. What she hasn’t counted on is the raging attraction between them—or her growing realization of what Maclean has survived. As the powers of the evil from his past gather, Sam will do anything to help him—even if it means following him into time and facing his worst nightmares with him...
A broken man...A woman with enough destiny for them both.
"Dark Lover is an intense, dark, poignant, richly penned novel that never loses it's edge." — The Mystic Realm
4 1/2 Stars! Hot! "The latest Masters of Time volume continues Joyce's tradition of alpha males being saved from their emotional darkness by heroines from a different time. In this enthralling story the heroine is an alpha female, which adds incredible conflict to an already powerful romance." — Kathe Robyn, RT Bookreviews
“Get ready for the hottest time travel to date, DARK LOVER in Brenda Joyce’s fantastic Masters Of Time ™ series for HQN/August 2009. In present day New York City, Samantha Rose is a top agent for the Center for Demonic Activity in the Historical Crimes Unit guarding humanity by slaying the evils of the world. Her sister, Tabitha and cousin, Brianna, former CDA agents with special powers have found their true loves in Highland warriors and live happily with them in medieval Scotland but continue to battle evil in the past. The fiercely independent, sexy Sam’s current CDA assignment is to retrieve the Duisean page, a rare Celtic manuscript that supposedly holds the key to all the power in medieval times. When Sam attends the cocktail party of billionaire developer, Rubert Hemmer, the current owner of the priceless manuscript, she finds more than she’s bargained for in catching notorious playboy, Ian Maclean having sex with Rubert’s wife! The arrogant millionaire makes no excuses for Sam catching him with another woman. In fact, he asks Sam if she likes what she sees! This isn’t the first time Sam has had a run in with the super-sexy, Ian since she’s still furious with him for leaving her in a very humiliating situation previously in Scotland when she was trying to rescue her sister. International art thief, Ian wants the Duisean page for himself to finance his extravagant lifestyle. He is equally determined to have Sam in his bed but just for sex since he never allows himself to kiss, let alone get emotionally attached to his lovers. That’s okay with Sam since she’s a liberated woman, who also enjoys lots of sex and has no intention of getting involved with Ian or any other man. However, when these two come together their incendiary passion for each other can’t be denied and they soon discover their dark pasts have affected their ability to love. When Sam is kidnapped by the evil Monk of Carlisle and whisked back to 16th century Scotland, Ian goes back in time to not only rescue her but battle the demons from his horrific childhood. Brava to Brenda Joyce for penning DARK LOVER, which is time-travel romance at its finest! Not only is there a fabulous red-hot battle of the sexes plot but also a complex good vs. evil plot that revisits beloved past lovers and gives romance fans a new couple to love.”
– Patricia Rouse, Rouse’s Romance Readers Groups
4 1/2 Stars! DARK LOVER is awesome! I have thoroughly enjoyed this series and this instalment has been my favorite so far. Brenda Joyce just has a way with those Highland men. Ian’s character is complex and strong and yet he lets the past rule him. But Sam is just as complex and the answer to the puzzle of Ian. I can’t wait to see what Ms. Joyce has planned for us next.
— Lori Sears, Romance Readers Connection
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Sale March 2009
Book #2 The Rose Trilogy
A HIGHLANDER DRIVEN BY VENGEANCE.
A dark, ruthless Highlander, the Black Macleod has refused his destiny. His life is revenge for the massacre of his family. His enemies' insults—that he is a man of stone—only amuse him. But Fate is impatient, and when a woman from another time dares to summon him, he cannot resist her powers—or her…
THE WOMAN WHO WILL SAVE HIM.
A schoolteacher by day, Tabitha Rose uses her magic to protect others by night. When the vision of a dark Highlander, bloody and burned, appears to Tabby, she knows she has been called to help him, no matter how frightening he might be. But what Tabby doesn’t expect is to be taken against her will to his dark violent time. And when evil begins to stalk her, she realizes she must fight for far more than his destiny—she must fight for her love….
He didn't choose his destiny...Destiny chose him
4 1/2 Stars — Top Pick!
"Joyce's skillful handling of the many facets of time travel, supported by her ability to create gripping scenes fraught with emotional intensity, are brought to the fore in this fascinating and complex continuation of the Masters of Time series. Her vivid descriptions sweep you into the pages of her compelling story and keep you enthralled. Not to be missed!"
— Romantic Times Bookreviews
4 1/2 Stars! "Brenda Joyce has another fantastic winner in her Masters of Time series. I could not put this book down! Her Highland warriors are the epitome of the alpha males and she matches her hero well with a tough yet sensitive heroine. DARK LOVER comes out in August 2009 and I can hardly wait!" — Romance Readers Connection
4 Stars! "In the second book of The Rose Trilogy from Brenda Joyce’s part of The Master’s of Time Series, Tabitha Rose is an elementary school teacher and a hereditary witch with unreliable powers. When Tabby visits a museum exhibit showcasing items found in ancient Scotland, she has a very unusual vision of a Scots Warrior in extreme pain and she attempts to call to him to help. Unfortunately she mistakenly calls the Black Macleod from two hundred years earlier than her vision and he is extremely upset about it. But evil is hunting the gentle Tabby and even as ruthless as Macleod is he is unable to walk away from her and vows to protect her.
Dark Victory continues the saga of Masters of Time as they fight evil and protect innocents and find their soul mates in the future. Tabby is the least likely candidate for a soul mate to a Scots Warrior. She detests violence, testosterone filled macho men, and is very much an independent woman of the twentieth century. She could never survive in ancient Scotland. Macleod is everything Tabby doesn’t want in a man but her body seems to have a mind of its own. On Macleod’s side, he is a love them and leave them type of man; no woman has ever stayed in his bed the whole night. He has no room for a relationship, he is duty bound to destroy every member of the clan that murdered his entire family when he was just a boy. And besides all women fear him, well except for Tabby who seems to have no problem telling him what she thinks!
If you have been following the Masters of Time series, you do not want to miss this installment. If you have not started this series, I recommend you either start at the beginning of the series or at least start with the first book of The Rose Trilogy, Dark Embrace. This series is great for anyone who loves paranormals, historical or time travel romance stories with main characters that seem impossibly matched!" — The Manic Reader
Blue Ribbon Rating - 4 "DARK VICTORY is the latest Rose novel filled with action and excitement. Tabby starts out as a shy, demure woman who grows into a woman who will do whatever it takes to save the man she loves. Although she doesn’t always agree with his tactics, she knows that he has a good heart if only he would let go of the bitterness of the past but that is easier said than done. Macleod is a man hardened by war and revenge. He can’t give up his hatred that easily even for Tabby. Yet it takes a cataclysmic event for him to really examine who he is and what it means to be not only a man but a Master. I think in the end, both of them grew and matured in ways they never could have imagined. I continue to enjoy all of the characters and there are already hints of potential matches that are sure to be like oil and fire. DARK VICTORY is another great addition to the Rose series and I look forward to Sam’s book." — Ann, Romance Junkies
4 Stars! "Brenda Joyce’s rendering of the stark contrast between the now and earlier times was masterful. Tabitha’s change in outward demeanor when in the past was an especially nice touch, as women’s rights…weren’t even a consideration then. The pacing, even when jarred by time changes, was exactly as needed for this story and increased the tension of the plot. I enjoyed the author’s other books in this series, but this one is by far my favorite. It’s a bit grittier and the romance a bit darker than the previous books, but the Black Macleod demands nothing less. “Dark Victory” is just as its title declares…a bit dark, but still a victory for love. Now I just have to wait for “Dark Lover”, the last in the Rose trilogy of her ‘Masters of Time’ series. It’s scheduled for release in September 2009." — Julie, queuemyreview.com
"Dark Victory is a powerful story about the loss of family, revenge, redemption, the healing power of love, and the ultimate fight between good and evil. Brenda Joyce has given us a passionate love story of two characters searching for their destinies and finding them within each other. Dark Victory should be devoured and then savoured slowly by readers. I can't wait to see what happens in next instalment of the Masters of Time and the Rose trilogy." — The Mystic Realm
- Part ll Added — (Aug 8, 08)
- Part I Added — Chapter Two (July 1, 08)
- Part III Added — Chapter One (Feb 19, 08)
- Part II Added — Chapter One (Jan 08)
- Part I Added — Chapter One (Dec 07)
Sale August 26, 2008
Book #1 The Rose Trilogy
Aidan, the Wolf of Awe, has abandoned the Brotherhood and forsaken his vows. Feared by all and trusted by none, he hunts alone, seeking vengeance against the evil that destroyed his son. He has not saved an Innocent in sixty-six years--until he hears Brianna Rose’s scream of terror across centuries, and leaps to modern-day Manhattan to rescue her…
Her Seduction... His Salvation
Brie spends her time fighting evil from the safety of her laptop—and fantasizing about the medieval Highlander she met just once. She is also a gifted empath. Still, her life is pretty ordinary—until she awakens one night consumed with Aidan’s pain and rage—which she is feeling across centuries! And when Aidan suddenly appears in the city and takes her hostage, Brie cannot believe how dark and dangerous he has become. She knows she should be afraid, but instead, she will fight across time for his redemption… and his love.
Here is what everyone is saying about Dark Embrace
A Perfect 10 "Brenda Joyce has created a tale that is full to overflowing with emotion. Passionate, heartbreaking, hopeful, and entertaining, DARK EMBRACE is a novel you do not want to miss. I recommend it highly." — Romance Reviews Today
TOP PICK! 4 1/2 Stars "Known for her intensity of emotion and superlative storytelling, Joyce draws you into a new Masters of Time novel that will blow you away with it's unforgettable alpha hero and a willful heroine who feels his pain across the centuries. While enabling the hero to redeem his honor and self respect -- and at the same time restoring the communication and love between a father and son — Joyce raises the bar." — Romantic Times Bookreviews
"DARK EMBRACE will not disappoint readers and fans of the series; Brenda Joyce takes Aidan to the dark side with a captivating inner battle of good vs. evil." — The Mystic Realm — Read Full Review
Anne from Romance Junkies wrote a wonderful on Dark Embrace. Read it here.
"In the third book of her Masters of Time series, Brenda Joyce explores the darker side of human nature." —Readertoreader.com
Every Rose woman has a destiny
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Sale September 25, 2007
Highland warriors sworn to protect Innocence through the ages….
A golden man, he is called Black Royce—a battle hardened soldier of the gods. His vows are his life—until he is sent to New York City to protect a Healer from those who would use her powers for themselves. The moment Royce sees beautiful, feisty Allie Monroe, he knows she will be his only weakness—and he is right.
Destiny is a dangerous thing
Allie Monroe is more than an heiress. She is a Healer, willing to do anything to save victims of the evil that lurks in the city at night. But alone, she can do only so much—until destiny sends her the darkest Highlander of them all. Then evil strikes and Royce is destroyed before Allie's eyes. Now Allie will do anything to save Royce—even if it means going back in time to a dark, dangerous world to be with him. And confronting their enemies could cost not only their lives, but also their love—for all eternity.
Here is what everyone is saying about Dark Rival.
4 1/2 Stars — TOP PICK! "The incomparable Brenda Joyce soars to new heights… A passionate, original paranormal romance!" —Romantic Times Bookreviews
"With Brenda Joyce there is NO limit to what she can tell and weave into her sexy novels." — Chad, Book Cove Reviews
"Romance with a chilling touch . . ." — NY Times best-selling author Heather Graham
"Dark Rival starts off fast and never lets up" — The Romance Reader
“DARK RIVAL…a sexy and steamy romp through time.” — The Mystic Castle
“DARK RIVAL is a welcome addition to the paranormal genre.”— Romance Junkies
Nominated Innovative Historical Romance, by Romantic Times Bookreviews
DARK RIVAL spent four consecutive weeks in the TOP 15 on the New York Times Best seller List
Dark Rival won the 2007 Best Time Travel Romance award from Romance Reviews Today
Highland warriors sworn to protect Innocence through the ages….
Malcolm of Dunroch has been chosen by the secret Brotherhood, a nameless society of pagan knights sworn to defend mankind. He is a novice to his extraordinary—and dangerous--powers. But he has already broken his vows--for an innocent woman’s death is on his hands. Malcolm is determined to fight his dark sexuality, denying himself all pleasure…until fate sends him another Innocent, the beautiful bookseller, Claire Camden.
Desire is the first weapon
Since her mother's murder, Claire has done everything possible to make a safe, secure life for herself in a city where danger lurks on every street corner, especially in the dark of the night. But nothing can prepare her for the powerful and sexual medieval warrior who sweeps her back into his time—a treacherous, frightening world where the hunters and the hunted are one and the same. Claire needs Malcolm to survive, yet she must somehow keep the dangerously powerful Master at arm’s length. For she has no wish to die in his bed like the others—in the throes of dark, forbidden pleasure…
Here's what everyone is saying about Dark Seduction
"Bestselling author Joyce kicks off her Masters of Time series with a master's skill, instantly elevating her to the top ranks of the ever-growing list of paranormal romance author. Her strong, smart heroine, Claire Camden, is a woman damaged by the violent deaths of her mother and cousin; her life revolves around her dreams, her beloved bookstor and her efforts to keep safe. Those efforts prove less than successful when her apartment is invaded one night by a band of warriors from the past who make strange, threatening demands. Soon, Claire is carapulted into the 15th -century Scotland (a land she happens to have studied for years) with the help of a handsome medieval warrior named Malcolm, Malcolm is a Master, charged with protecting Innocents (a group that includes Claire), but he hides a secret that could lose him his soul. His quest is to defeat the evil Moray and retain the safety of his land and people; of course, unbeknownst to Claire, he can't do that without her. Steeped in action and sensuality, populated by sexy warriors and strong woman, graced with lush details and a captivating story, this title may not set a new standard in the paranormal/time travel romance genre, but it certainly qualifies as a superlative example."— Publishers Weekly
4 1/2 Stars — TOP PICK! "Watch out and get set as the incomparable Brenda Joyce reaches new heights with a passionate, original paranormal romance that sets the standard for hot, other worldly lovers. Brenda Joyce never does anything ordinary and her first paranormal romance is an extraordinary journey into a world of DARK SEDUCTION…" — Kathe Robin, Romantic Times
"Brenda Joyce mesmerizes with this Highland Warrior Paranormal. DARK SEDUCTION is intense, compelling and wickedly erotic!" — Virginia Henley
"A keeper—I loved it." — Heather Graham
"Dark, dangerous, and sinfully seductive describe not only Joyce's latest novel, but her latest hero as well." —Romance Reviews Today
"Brenda Joyce's Masters are top-notch mega alpha heroes! There is nothing sexier than a Highland warrior, add superpowers and you have the makings for a hot book." — The Romance Readers Connection
"DARK SEDUCTION... a scorchingly sensual read that leaves you breathless for more." — The Mystic Castle
Desire is the first weapon...