For five turbulent years, Ariane of Claredon has dutifully prepared herself for marriage to King Henry's most trusted vassal, the feared Norman knight Ranulf de Vernay. But cruel circumstance has branded Ariane's father a traitor to the crown. And Ranulf is returning to Claredon, not as bridegroom...but as conqueror.
Survivor of a hellish youth, Ranulf knows well the treacheries of noblewomen - and mistrusts the regal, defiant beauty to whom he was once betrothed. But though he has come to claim her lands and her body as his prize, it is the mighty warrior who must ultimately surrender to Ariane's proud, determined passion and her remarkable healing love.
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Nicole Jordan is the New York Times bestselling author of seventeen historical romances including, the Regency-set TO PLEASURE A LADY, TO BED A BEAUTY, TO SEDUCE A BRIDE, TO ROMANCE A CHARMING ROGUE, TO TAME A DANGEROUS LORD and TO DESIRE A WICKED DUKE, as well as the Medieval romance, THE WARRIOR. She recently moved with her real-life hero to the Rocky Mountains of Utah. You can e-mail her via her Web site at www.NicoleJordanAuthor.com.