By Jude Deveraux
He used to be clever, powerful, and courageous. His future used to be to be king. She was once younger, appealing, a warrior princess. Her future used to be to like him.
but if first they met, it was once now not as princess and king -- it used to be as guy and lady merely, ate up by means of a fondness so surprising, so deep that the very international exploded with one kiss. merely later, along with his contact nonetheless burning on her lips, did Jura notice that the knight of her mystery tryst have been none except the hated Prince Rowan! Rowan, who had back from far-away England to usurp her brother's throne...Rowan, who vowed to unite the wild clans lower than his rule.
livid, Jura swore her enmity to the golden-haired prince whose excellent visage tormented her days and haunted her nights. yet not anything might cease Rowan from ruling over the warring tribes...and not anything might cease him from successful the fierce and beautiful Jura as his bride, his Queen, his love....
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We allow no one in—not Vikings, not Huns, and most of all not those wily merchants. Who knows whether they carry an army in their wagons? Yet this… this usurper wants to open our borders to them. " Geralt paused to draw breath but did not allow Jura to speak. "He has Brocain's son, yet he protects the boy as if he were his own child. I say we hang the pup, and when Brocain attacks, we kill him. Zerna are our enemy. " Jura murmured. "I had not heard this. We will cease to exist. " It was but one more in a growing list of reasons why the Englishman should not be king.
Suddenly, he released her and moved away from her into the deep shadows of the corner of the stall. "Go," he said raggedly. "Go or you are a maiden no more. " She held herself upright by clutching at the stones behind her, the roughness cutting into her palms. Her heart was pounding in her throat and her body seemed to be pulsating in undulating waves. "Get out of here before someone sees you," he said. Jura's mind was beginning to function again. Yes, no one must see her. She struggled to stand upright on her weak knees and she fumbled a few steps forward, clutching at the stall wall for support.
She is to marry the son of Brita who is the leader of the Vatells. " Rowan's mouth dropped open. " He was to conquer a woman? Did these Lanconians expect him to meet her in hand-to-hand combat? Thal smiled at his son. "She uses her brain where we men use our backs. She has been the leader since her husband was killed. Brita already hates the Irials, me and my issue in particular, and it would not do to farther enrage her. You are going to have a difficult enough time with the people who support Geralt.
The Maiden by Jude Deveraux