Everlasting : Once, Abrielle's name was on the lips of every unwed nobleman in London; a proud, exceptional lady, she was coveted for her bearing, her breeding, her wit and her beauty. But when her stepfather - respected for his courage and valor during the Crusades - is denied his rightful title and the wealth that accompanies it, Abrielle finds herself suddenly disgraced, no longer a suitable match for any proper gentleman. Only one would still have her, though he desires no more than physical pleasure... Dashing, handsome, tall and kind - a jet-haired Scotsman with vivid blue eyes - Raven Seabern is an emissary for his king, and quite unlike any man Abrielle has ever encountered. From the very first moment their eyes meet, he intrigues and mesmerizes her - and dancing in his arms at a royal banquet leaves her weak with the desire to surrender. But their love can never be, for Abrielle is betrothed to a monster. And the well-being of everyone she cares for demands that she honor her promise.