Lady Joanna Hawkforte spent her childhood reading about the wondrous beauty of Akora. But now the country of her dreams has become a symbol of her worst nightmare. Nine months ago her brother embarked on a dangerous journey to find the mythic landand Joanna never heard from him again. Believing he is being held captive in Akora, she is compelled to devise a desperate plan to find him....
The son of an English lord and an Akoran princess, Lord Alex Darcourt has spent months in England on a secret mission. Now he has set sail back to the land of his youthand to an unknown fate in a nation fraught with unrest. But Alexs discovery of a secret stowaway has thrown his voyage into turmoil. A bold, honey-haired beauty, Joanna has no idea of the danger shes placed herself in. As Alexs ship enters its home port, he hopes he can protect her in a world where she is unwelcome. But his greatest challenge proves to be protecting Joanna from his own smoldering desirea forbidden passion that could put both their lives in jeopardy.
Determined to travel to Akora with Lord Alex Darcourt, a half-English Akoran prince, and search for her missing brother, Royce, Lady Joanna Hawkforte stows away on his ship. She's discovered after she injures herself on board, but Alex, intrigued by her courage and beauty, tends her back to health and introduces her to the customs of his homeland. Despite Akora's party line on female behavior that women should be submissive to their warrior men and treated like birds in a gilded cage Joanna and Alex's sister, Kassandra, roam about Akora freely. In the midst of one of her wanderings, Joanna overhears two men plotting against the leader of Akora, Alex's half-brother. Fortunately, Joanna and Kassandra possess special psychic abilities that may help them rescue Royce and thwart the traitors' plans.
I found the beginning of this book boring. Prince Alex was such an arrogant jerk and a male chauvinist pig - women should serve and obey - huh! On the other hand, Joanna was determined to rescue her missing brother. She wouldn't take no for an answer and got herself in some situations which Alex had to get her out of. In my eyes, once Alex fell, he completely redeemed himself.