As part of a small European country’s royal family, Princess Emma has known the day would come when her brother would command her to marry a man of his choosing. She decides it’s better to run away and have one week of freedom before entering into an arranged marriage.
Nicholas Gregory, former naval captain, never wanted the title of Earl of Lyndhurst, which was thrust upon him when his brother died. He longs to be at sea, not worrying about estates, until he bumps into Emma, whom he thinks is a “lost governess.” His instincts tell him he to protect the innocent girl; he doesn’t realize how easily she will fall in love with him or how simple it is to be enchanted by her. Deciding she must follow her duty, Emma flees. When they meet again he realizes she is the princess. Their love smolders, and they must find a way for Emma to escape a loveless marriage. (SIGNET, Apr., 380 pp., $7.99)