Heart of the Dragon  - Gena Showalter Buddy read with Maru.January 2013 read:Favorite quote:“You saw the violence of my past,” he said, mistaking her silence. “You know the things I’ve done and can guess the things I will do. I’m asking you to accept me regardless. If you can do this, I will give you my life, my riches and my vow to always protect you.” The last words left his lips with all the desperation inside him. With all the longing. With all the need.Her expression softened; her lashes dipped to half-mast. “I don’t need your riches,” she said. “Only you.”