my first by this author, and really enjoyed it. I love stories based on the premise that the hero and heroine can never be together because of external circumstances well beyond their control. In this novel, The hero and heroine are of different backgrounds, and he is not considered a suitable husband. Although a knight, he is physically scarred facially and has no land. She is a nobelmans daughter with suitors lining up for her hand. However, circumstances put these two together for survival (actually, three together as one of her suiters also escapes with them -- making for a fun twist of events), and their tension and passion begins to stir to life. The story is fast paced, and the romance gets quite steamy. Definately a hot read.