After seven years in the Tower of London, the infamous Highland Chieftain Drummond Macqueen saw his prison door swing open. He swore to seek revenge on the faithless bride who had betrayed him. Yet the wife he encountered seemed like a stranger -- defiant, lovely, and inexplicably changed.
A WOMAN'S DESPERATE GAMBLE
At the death of her twin sister, Johanna Benison had begun a journey of no return. Now, the unexpected arrival of Drummond, the domineering Chieftain she'd believed executed long ago, threatened her precious independence. But soon her fear gave way to a soul-deep longing for the lover who stormed her castle and claimed her heart.
A PASSION NEITHER COULD DENY
Through harmonious days and impassioned nights, Johanna and Drummond reveled in their happiness...until the vengeful King Edward II delivered an unholy ultimatum. Obeisance to his royal command could engender only disaster, setting a shattering price on a woman's honor and the future of their love...
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Seven Years Later
The door to the buttery slammed open. "A stranger's just come, my lady," said Amauri, the porter, as breathless as if he had run all the way from Carlisle. "He claims he's your husband."
Johanna turned around so quickly the wide cuff of her surcoat tipped over a crock of honey. Fighting back panic, she righted the jar before the sticky contents spilled onto the workbench. Were it not for the fear in the servant's eyes, she would have accused him of teasing her. "He said nothing else?"
Amauri's mouth pinched with disapproval. "Only that he was...
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