Carol was stunned by his proposal. For five years she had stood alone and fought for Teri, but now - now a man offered to share that burden. It was a terrible temptation just to give in and not fight any more.
"How can I be sure you don't want some kind of revenge?" Carol said. "It wouldn't be unnatural, and once I am you wife . . . well, you're the barone, and no one ever questions your authority."
He was a hard man, lean and powerful and lonely. A man armored in pride. She could feel excitement running in her veins.