Forced to marry one of the sons of the man who had conquered her family’s castle, Princess Brianna issues a seemingly impossible challenge: He who returns with a gift that makes her laugh will win her hand. Burke and Rowan, knights both, set out at her command. Only Luc Fitzgavin remains, refusing to indulge the glorious Irish princess. Even Brianna’s legendary beauty cannot tempt him—until she invades his senses . . . and his soul.
Once upon a time, Burke Fitzgavin galloped into Kiltorren Castle and fell in love with Alys, the lord’s orphaned niece—only to be sent away through tricks and lies. When Burke returns to Kiltorren, his long-lost love has become a servant on her uncle’s estate, paying penance for their long-ago embrace. Even as Burke slowly rekindles her desire, Alys’s family attempts to thwart him. Thus begins Burke’s greatest challenge ever: the battle to win the hand and the heart of his one true love.
No woman can resist Rowan de Montvieux, but the dashing rogue has set out to wed only the wealthiest heiress in Ireland. When a slave merchant offers to sell him a ragged peasant girl who carries herself like a queen, Rowan suspects she can lead him to the bride he seeks—never imagining she is the sought-after Bronwyn of Ballyroyal. But their perilous voyage kindles passions that risk both their lives, as the beautiful, defiant slave girl slowly takes possession of his wary heart.