In all the world, no man exists who can tame Alexandra Rubliov. A fiery and beautiful free-thinker, Alex’s steadfast refusal to marry has frustrated her hapless father. And so he creates a “long-forgotten” agreement and sends his rebellious daughter away — falsely maintaining that Alexandra has been promised since childhood to the handsome, insufferable libertine whom she must now accompany to his homeland to wed.
Dismayed to find himself suddenly engaged, Count Vasili Petroff plans to repulse his unwanted fiancée by acting the perfect cad — unaware that wily Alexandra plans to follow a similar path. But the road to deception is a rocky one — and its many unexpected turns can lead two reluctant companions to a most unanticipated destination: that place called passionate love.
Wrongly branded a spy, the dark and handsome Viking lord Selig Haardrad suffered greatly in the dungeons of Lady Erika of Gronwood. And as he hung in chains, his magnificent body wracked with pain and fever, one thought sustained him: revenge!
Now Destiny’s great wheel has turned – and Selig’s exquisite, honey-haired tormentor has been delivered onto the Norseman’s hands. Now it is Selig who is the master, bound and determined to break the proud spirit of his captive “ice queen” and to conquer her with passion’s sword – never dreaming that his own heart will be vanquished by sensuous desire and victorious love…