The heart never forgets...
Wales, 1145. Ceri's silver-green eyes and raven hair reveal her mystical lineage: she is the granddaughter of a powerful wisewoman. In love from afar with her overlord Taliesan, she cannot resist her desires when Tal is mysteriously attacked and lies wounded in her care. With the help of her grandmother, Ceri wraps him in a web of enchantment. For a precious few days they are lost in a rhapsody of desire. But the price Ceri pays is high: when Tal departs, he remembers nothing of her or their passion.
Desperate and determined to win Tal's love, she travels to Westbourne Castle to work as a servant. To Tal, she is a beautiful stranger who awakens in him something he cannot fathom. Soon the potent desire brewing becomes a formidable weapon against the courtly intrigues and dangerous turmoil in a land stormswept by bitter struggles - where a woman's bold love will test her courage and her heart.
In Ireland of 1127, the Fairy Kingdom is more than a beautiful tale to lovely young Hildie. It's the realm of Kieron, whom Hildie loves above all mortals. As a child she rambled at his side, listening with breathless wonder to his stories of magic and adventure. As a woman she is captivated by his charm and his strength, but her heart breaks with the knowledge that he can never be hers.
All his life, Kieron has watched over the raven-haired lass, delighting in her beauty and her soaring spirit. Now that she is of an age to marry, Kieron sees that he could lose his beguiling lady to a human husband.
But Kieron has always been known to tempt fate... Fate, however, adds a twist when Kieron discovers that Hildie is the only person who can save both the fairy kingdom and the mortal world from a dangerous threat... a looming curse that could destroy their worlds and keep Kieron and Hildie apart for all eternity.
- His bold embrace shielded her from danger...and wrapped her in unending desire!
- Glorious as the golden dragon on his flowing cape, Jorion de Brae, Earl of Radwyn, was a most powerful knight - renowned for his prowess in battle, yet disdained for his exotic half-Saracen blood. Then in a teeming marketplace, a gentle lady claimed him as her husband! She called herself Taine, and nothing more... never revealing her true name nor the secret of her past. Fleeing for her life, the exquisite beauty wanted only the protection of his sword.
- Guarded in Jorion's fortress, she tasted the ardor of his kisses... sensuous stirrings that spoke softly of untold rapture. Yet she feared surrender to his gentle touch, though with all his rugged strength he kept her safe... and tenderly sought the truth she'd vowed to hide. But a vicious traitor lurked within Jorion's castle. Now, in the face of mortal peril, they must trust the depth and power of their bond - to create at last a haven for their splendid, radiant love!
- LINNET: Brimming with sweet innocence, dutiful and obedient Linnet felt like a caged bird as sole lady of Castle Radwell and daughter of its Norman lord. Then she spied the elusive golden-haired stranger in her father's great hall and her fantasies took flight. Here was the hero to steal her breath away and inspire her wild, wild dreams. Only after he had scaled the battlements to enter her chamber did she realize he was her father's sworn enemy, the infamous Eagle, and he had swooped down to take her captive...
- RHYS: Held hostage for ten years by the conquering Normans, Prince Rhys of Wales returned to find his home burned and lands ravaged. His fighting skills soon made him the legendary outlaw Eagle, and only cunning would protect his birthright. He had noticed the adoring looks of the pampered Lady Linnet, but not until he stood in her room with the candlelight on her ivory skin did he behold the charms that would make her abduction more dangerous than he planned...
- Now forests dark and deep lay before them as the Eagle carried Linnet toward an unknown destiny, where mortal danger would surround them, and where passion would never let them part...
RHODARE: The peasants whispered that the Earl of Wythe's second son was the devil's child, and this darkly brooding, handsome knight was known as "Demon Dare." Scarred by a father's wrong and unjust scorn, rebellious Dare departed from England. Returning to Wythe to claim his birthright, he risked his honor to taste the sweet lips, to touch the silken skin of his beloved, forbidden, Alyce...
ALYCE: Her father admonished her to hide her luxuriant auburn hair beneath a wimple and to tame her independent spirit. And so she submitted... to marry a boy-child she had never seen and to live as a virgin bride. Then she felt the fire in her blood lit by Demon Dare as he demanded her heart... and her virtue was the price of his kiss.
As Castle Wythe's gates swing open and the hoofbeats of a black steed thunder closer, Rhodare and his Lady are carried towards the dark whispers of danger... and a glorious rendezvous with desire.
Amidst the furious war for England's crown blossomed a rare and tender love....
Minstrels sang the legend of Sir Geoffrey, the Bastard of Warmaine, a valiant warrior who vanquished enemies and won the hearts of women. And to the raven-haired Caitlyn, Geoffrey was more than a hero: he was a man of passion and kindness, haunted by searing memories of battle, shamed by his fatherless birth.
Geoffrey saw Caitlyn grow from an enchanting child into a ravishing woman. Yet he feared his bloodstained past would taint her gentle soul. But when she became a pawn in the fight for the throne, he vowed his love forever--even as a vengeful army approached, eager for victory, and the lovely Caitlyn!
She was a maiden pledged to the holy church, until one man aroused her to love....
Shy and lovely Nessa had vowed to be a nun, unlike her worldly sister, the beauteous, selfish Aleria. Yet, when Garrick, Earl of Tarrant, arrived at Salisbury to claim the bride bestowed upon him by King Henry, Nessa felt a surge of unaccustomed emotion. Garrick, a man distrustful of the fairer sex, was to wed her sister...but Nessa herself was deeply attracted to the brooding, dashing nobleman.
Great was Garrick's disappointment to find himself betrothed to the vainglorious Aleria. Only he divined the sensual fires beneath Nessa's quiet demeanor...yet even he could not know how fervently she longed to return his passion. Joined in uneasy wedlock by a clever intrigue of Queen Eleanor, they dared not trust the love that was now their right. But when Garrick was threatened by a dastardly foe, Nessa would summon all her womanly arts to win his heart and his trust...and to save his very life!
Locked in his arms, she defied a king's will and her evil guardian's might....
Hidden behind a cascade of water, Amicia peered out at the handsome rogue who drank from an icy forest pool. Startled by the nymph's reflection. Galen looked up into the waterfall for the tawny beauty who captured his heart on sight. Here at last was the lady he had come to rescue, the lady for whom he would risk prison and worse--because he could not afford to tell her the truth!
Amicia, heiress to the Castle Dungeld, would soon embrace him with unbridled passion, calling him her Robin Hood, come to save her from an arranged marriage and the stepfather who would destroy her life. But just as the dashing Galen claimed her as his bride, he was capture, unmasked, and sentenced to be beheaded. Certain she had been betrayed by the knave she'd loved with reckless abandon, Amicia vowed to free him and seek her own justice. Now she would form an army against her powerful stepfather and challenge the will of malevolent King John himself....
Honor bade him give her up for ransom...but her love would prove the greatest treasure of all!
Sir William of Kensham stormed into the crude hut that was Cassandra Gavre's prison, furious that his men had defied orders to kill all Frenchmen who invaded the forests of the Weald--and only slightly mollified to find that his captive was the lovely young daughter of a French lord. The lavender-eyed beauty's ransom would aid King Henry's cause, and William prayed it would be accomplished quickly, having no liking for the company of haughty highborn ladies.
Yet Cassandra was no coy, spoiled maiden. Frightened yet fascinated by her handsome, notorious captor, she met his gaze unflinchingly...filling him with a longing it was torment to deny. And when at last they joined in mutual surrender, claiming a desperate, forbidden ecstasy, William swore that he would never give up the bold, passionate woman who was fated to be his bride....
Brynna's tender heart and healing arts worked their magic on the magnificent, wounded warrior. His fiery gaze rested on her beauty, lighting sudden fierce longings in her soul...yearnings she felt could never be fulfilled. For Brynna was the last hope of her Druid line, while the stranger's luxurious gold mane marked him as Saxon--and her enemy. Wulf's gentle caresses blaze like shooting stars through Brynna's senses, but while the two join to oppose a murderous alliance, they struggle in vain against the irresistible song of their passion.
To save Brynna's honor, Wulf would endanger his very life...but to love her Saxon prince, Brynna must risk her Druid heritage and abandon a solemn, ancient pledge. The journey before them is fraught with peril, filled with adventure, and empowered by their love...for no one and nothing could part Brynna and Wulf from their splendid destiny!
Like those of a frightened doe, all of Llys's senses were heightened as she beheld the masculine beauty of the wounded warrior before her. Yet nothing prepared her for the look in his eyes when they turned toward her, his enemy, and not because she was a Druidess and he a Saxon noble...for he also believed her to be a wanton. Innocent Llys had never known a man, or wanted one until the golden-maned Adam, Ealdorman of Oaklea, had been carried into Throckenholt Keep. Now her grace and gentle healing touch made Adam doubt what he had witnessed just days earlier: this very maid-- or so it seemed--lewdly smiling, naked in the presence of a corrupt bishop.
But as the forces of darkness threatened, a kingdom's fate rested in their hands. Together they would battle the blackest of magic, armed with the power of Llys's Druid heritage...and the blazing strength of a love as pure and bright as the morning star....
The setting sun turned Anya's hair into a golden aura as she secretly communed with the woodland spirits. She beseeched them to hasten the arrival of Evain, the handsome Druid sorcerer she had adored since her earliest childhood days. Yet a match with her, a maid born of a Saxon father and linked to the new ways, was impossible, even though Evain seemed to look upon her bewitching beauty with a lover's desire.
Honor-bound not to take Anya in passion, Evain had avoided his feelings and Throckenhold Keep until he heard her family's plea to use his powers to find a missing warrior. He never suspected Anya's desperate plan--to sneak away and join him perilous rescue mission. But as they came together in the lush woodlands, the temptation of sweet innocence and forbidden desire could not be denied. Warmed by fire-lit kisses, a force stronger than their evil foes burst into light...and against a corrupt and deadly intrigue, the vibrancy of love was their only hope, born of a woman's heart and a man's soul joined in CHANTING THE STORM.
When King Henry I ascended the throne, he chose a husband for Lady Elysia, heiress of Wroxton and a most unwilling bride. The love of her childhood had been replaced by a stranger--a rake hell, the bastard son of a nobleman whose name he could not claim. Her eyes glistening with angry tears, Elysia vowed to refuse the King's decree.
Then an unfamiliar voice made her tremble. "If I will it, milady, wed me you shall." Mark had come for the heiress who was his ward He suspected that the fiery-tempered beauty before him intrigued against the King with traitorous plots, yet his silver eyes gleamed with delight. Protest though she might, the proud Elysia was his. War was advancing toward England's shores, but Mark relished the battle before him...to discover Elysia's secrets, to demand her sweet surrender...and to win her love.
She was a proud princess allied to a powerful lord--locked in a passionate battle of love and defiance...
In her native Wales beautiful Doryna heeded no will save her own--until her father betrothed her to a handsome Englishman determined to rule his wife as forcefully as he governed his vast estates. When Welsh raiders attacked her new husband's lands, Doryna knew she could not betray her people--nor would she see them crushed at Thane's hand!
Caught in an unending struggle between desire and rebellion she fought to retain the freedom she treasured...while her rugged lord's ardent embraces threatened to bind her heart to his forever!
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