Book 4 - Masters at Arms series
They are the pride--and scourge--of New Orleans: A Dashing Fraternity of Master Swordsmen who's infamy is matched only by their skill in battle. Their allegiance to each other and their passion for the fairer sex...
The New Year begins with a lady's intriguing proposition for Gavin Blackford--though not the sort he's accustomed to. Alluring widow Ariadne Faucher requests private lessons from the rakish sword master in order to challenge her sworn enemy to a duel.
Though disinclined at first to teach a woman, Gavin is fascinated by this statuesque beauty, cloaked as she is in grief and mysery. Ariadne proves a quick study with a blade, her resolve fueled by a vendetta that is all she has left in the world. Their lessons crackle wtih undeniable electricity...but the secret of her all-consuming vengance may have rendered her heart impervious even to such a virtuoso as Gavin.