Fiery Alexandra Courtland-as independent as the Virginia colony she loved-was outraged! Thirty years ago, thwarted by a hopeless passion for a British lord, her mother had signed a love pact: her first-born daughter would marry the duke's son. Now Alexandra faced marriage to a total stranger...and a member of the hated British nobility as well. But when the tall, ruggedly handsome peer arrived to make her his bride, all thoughts of escaping her destiny fled from Alexandra's mind. Her body ached for his touch, and when his lips met hers in a first flaming kiss, she whispered his name and melted into his arms, daring him to claim her heart as well as her yearning flesh.
The future Duke of Blackstone had managed to resign himself to the bad news: only by traveling to the uncivilized wilds of the American colonies and agreeing to an arranged marriage could he escape losing his lands, his title and his fortune. Once in Virginia, the imperious Tory was horrified to discover that his future bride was worse than a colonial patriot: the chit was a sharp-tongued seditionist in need of taming! But when he saw the flaming spirit in her lovely eyes and sampled one taste of her honeyed lips, the stalwart duke cast politics aside, vowing to capture her charms in a searing embrace and caress her until she cried out for more and more of his rapturous loving!