HER BEAUTY WAS THE SPARK... Her hair was black silk against her ivory skin; her gray eyes burned with opal fire. The love child of King Edward IV, Roseanna was pledged to her father's most prized warrior. He was dark, strong, and commanding, and in the bedchamber, where he forced her to honor her marriage vows, she learned to crave his intoxicating touch. And still she swore not to love him even as she surrendered to the dark rapture of ...THE RAVEN.
HIS PASSION WAS THE FIRE... His shoulders were broad within the coat of mail that made him invulnerable to everything but Roseanna's innocence. Obsessed with taming the fiery beauty who inflamed his flesh, Ravenspur fell in love, knowing ruthless men plotted to topple the king he served and at the heart of the intrigue was she who would be either his death or his salvation... THE ROSE.
THE DOVE... She'd been bought for a strip of land then abandoned: a bartered bride, married by proxy, determined to wreak revenge. As innocent Sara Bishop she'd paid dearly for freedom from her cruel, mocking family. As flame-haired, jade-eyed Sabre Wilde, she would scandalize Queen Elizabeth's court as she set out to seduce her unknown husband, become his mistress - and make him her slave.
THE HAWK... The Queen's favorite, called The Sea God, his white teeth flashed in his bronze face as his deep, virile voice boomed orders to his men. He branded Sabre with his searing kiss and his masterful touch, not even aware she was already his wife. Captain Shane Hawkhurst knew how to command, how to subdue and ravage an enemy, but was he prepared to be caught in passion's merciless snare by a fiery beauty who ruled his heart and inflamed his senses?
Astride her white palfrey, surrounded by a nimbus of silver-blond hair, Jasmine was a vision to strike a man mute with desire. But the violet-eyed love child of King Richard's half brother had vowed that no man would ever rule her heart. Until she saw the face of the devil himself in her crystal ball - the dark, brooding knight who would kill to make her his own. She would risk a dissolute court and a maddened, lustful king to keep destiny at bay, anything to keep her from the hypnotic eyes and burning carresses of.... THE FALCON.
A wickedly handsome warrior who lived by blood and the sword, Falcon de Burgh wanted to wed no woman - until he laid eyes on the exquisite Jasmine, and he vowed to possess her, to teach her all the wondrous ways a man could love a woman, no matter what it might take to conquer her fiery, unyielding heart. Falcon knew only blind, reckless passion as he swore to tame, at the risk of his life...THE FLOWER.
A HELLCAT BEAUTY SCHEMING FOR LOVE... Wild as a pagan goddess, Lady Summer galloped her stallion along the Cornish coast. She had dabbled in the smuggler's game to save her family estate, but a wealthy marriage would better serve her purpose now. Lord Ruark Helford seemed the answer to her reckless prayers. But as his hot, hungry kisses drew her toward deceiption and irresistible acts of love, she had to hesitate. Would this arrogant, handsome lord be her ticket to heaven - or hell?
A BOLD LORD WITH ONLY SEDUCTION IN MIND... Both a ruthless privateer and King Charles II's confidant, Lord Helford was a mysterious and dangerous man. Lady Summer's sensual innocence captivated him. When she suddenly appeared at court, he though she'd be an easy conquest, a willing student of his brazen, skillful desire. But when she managed to steal his heart he vowed she must submit, obey, and never deceive him, or by God's tears, he'd tame her not as a gentleman but as only a pirate could...
HE WAS HER FOLLY AND HER PASSION... With her sapphire eyes and silken dark hair, Princess Eleanor was a bewitching beauty made for a man's pleasure. But once a child bride widowed at a tender age, she swore never to marry again and took a vow of eternal chastity...until Simon de Monfort marched into England and set his smoldering dark gaze upon her. Bold, arrogrant, and invincible, the towering Norman knight inspired awe in the bravest men...and a reckless desire in Eleanor's untried heart.
SHE WAS HIS PRIZE AND HIS LOVE...They called him the Dragon, but the most feared and dangerous warlord in all of the land had one fatal weakness. Inflamed by Eleanor's incandescent loveliness and intoxicating innocence, he would pursue her with a passion that demanded unconditional surrender... a passion that would erupt in scandal and rock the embattled realm, staining the pages of history with blood and betrayal...igniting the pages of history with the rapture of all-consuming love...
As Edward Plantagenet's armies invade Scotland, Lynx de Warenne, one of the king's most prized warriors, is ordered to secure the royal castle at Dumfries in the crucial borderlands. There he encounters Jock Leslie, the castle's steward, a man with ten children and thirty-one grandchildren, who might have the means of fulfilling Lynx's greatest desire. A thirty-one-year-old childless widower, Lynx wants more than anything a child who will brighten his life, carry on the de Warenne name, and maintain the family's landholdings. Yet he is a man who is afraid to love and is haunted by the possibility that he is unable to sire a child. When Jock learns of Lynx's desire to become a father, he suggests a handfasting, a Scottish custom whereby a man and a woman can lawfully sleep together for a year and a day, at the end of which time the couple decides either to wed or to part. If the union produces a child, the child is deemed legitimate even if no marriage takes place.
When Jock offers Lynx his youngest, most strong-willed daughter, Jane, so desperate is Lynx to mate with a member of the fertile family that he engages Jane in a handfasting - no matter that she is a commoner, no matter that she is terrified of him and attempts to make herself unattractive to him in the extreme, no matter that she is completely inexperienced with men.
With incomparable erotic tension, humor, and narrative verve, Virginia Henley brings together these two unlikely romantic partners in an unforgettable story about the power of love and family. (Blurb from the hardcover edition dustjacket)
BOLD CONQUEROR... Dashing Guy de Montgomery's army sweeps across the British countryside, claiming all in its path. But the fairest prize is Lillyth of Godstone Hall, the sensuous, green-eyed beauty who enflames Guy's warrior blood with a passion he is powerless to resist.
CHERISHED CAPTIVE... Lillyth's heart sinks when her beloved home falls to the Norman invaders... then surrenders to the handsome conqueror whose gentle virility leaves her breathless. For noble Guy, himself love's helpless prisoner, has sworn to protect the proud lady of his desires from the brutality of others - though treacherous friend and foe alike rise up to challenge his steadfast allegience... and his undying pledge to make Lillyth his and his alone.
"You have belonged to me, body and soul, since the dawn of time."
Mesmerized by the dark knight's turquoise gaze, Lady Brianna of Bedford tried to turn away. After all, she was betrothed to Robert de Beauchamp. And now this total stranger, Christian Hawksblood, de Beauchamp's bastard brother, claimed her with a soul-searing look. What was his mystical power that compelled her to abandon herself to this man she dare not even trust...
Christian Hawksblood, Prince and Knight Templar, burned with memories of the beauty he first saw in a vision, clad only in a nimbus of red-gold hair. Brianna of Bedford was his, ordained by fate. But first he had to deal with his jealous brother. And then with Brianna, the innocent temptress who branded him with passion even as she compelled him to listen with his heart...