Long before Amir taught Eleanora the harder truths of life, he learned them as he fell in love with her mother. CONSTANTINOPLE, 1845 Amir Qureshi knew his life would never be the same the day he met Nad?zda Ollerton-Cerna, much to his chagrin. With her sharp wit and brazen charm, Nad?zda is as infuriating as she is irresistible, and Amir cannot stop himself from falling in love with her—even though they can never be together. As an ally to the Order of the Crystal Daggers, under the command of Nad?zda’s indomitable mother, Amir knows there is no place for love in the life of a spy. When they are sent to Constantinople to investigate a missing shipment of weapons, Nad?zda’s life is endangered, and Amir races to save her, knowing he cannot deny his heart any longer. But Amir is not the only one who is keeping secrets ... Night of Blood and Beauty is a companion novella to The Order of the Crystal Daggers, a historical spy romance series.