Berkley, Apr 2004. 7.99, 512 pp.
While Richard II rules England, Lady Elena sadly knows she must go to the Principality of Montverde since she learns that she is the long lost princess. She realizes her duty is to marry the current head of state in order to strengthen Montverde with her political marriage though she would prefer to remain in England.
While at sea, pirates attack and capture her vessel. Elena becomes a prisoner of assassin Allegreto who sees his beautiful detainee as an expendable hostage to achieve his objective of regaining his family's place in Montverde. However, he admires Elena's spunk initially shown through her ire at him. As he forces his pretty prisoner to be his bride he soon finds his respect for her courage turning into passion and love something the jailbird reciprocates.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner