Gwyneth of Blackthorne was once a noble lady, but when her parents were murdered for their land and title, she was forced to live with a cruel uncle who worked her harder than any servant. After years spent living as a commoner, Gwyneth is ordered to marry Bran the Fair. Although she must obey the King's decree, Gwyneth vows she will not love and obey her husband, convinced that he is just like his evil father, who murdered her family in cold blood.
As the bastard son of a cruel baron, nothing has ever come easily for Bran. The warrior made a name for himself as a loyal and courageous knight. When the king decrees that Bran is to marry Gwyneth, take over Blackthorne Keep and bring peace to the broken land, he agrees, knowing it is his duty. He doesn't count on becoming enthralled with the lady of the keep and wanting nothing more than her safety and happiness. He also doesn't count on the fact that she is keeping a secret from him that could destroy them both.
This is a re-issue, originally published by Zebra Precious Gem under the pen name Jill Henry. Sensual Content. Approximately 70,000 words (about 250 printed pages).