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Once Upon A Time...In a rustic Missiissippi tavern, a beautiful exiled princess was forced to dance for the pleasure of others—unaware of her regal birthright...and infuriated by a magnificent golden-eyed devil who crossed an ocean to possess her.From A Far Off Land...

A bold and brazen prince came to America to claim his promised bride. But the spirited vixen spurned his affections while inflaming his royal blood with passion's fire...impelling virile Stefan Barany to take in ...

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Overview

Once Upon A Time...In a rustic Missiissippi tavern, a beautiful exiled princess was forced to dance for the pleasure of others—unaware of her regal birthright...and infuriated by a magnificent golden-eyed devil who crossed an ocean to possess her.From A Far Off Land...

A bold and brazen prince came to America to claim his promised bride. But the spirited vixen spurned his affections while inflaming his royal blood with passion's fire...impelling virile Stefan Barany to take in sensuous and searing conquest the love Tatiana vowed never to yield.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780380756254
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/28/1991
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 624,316
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Meet the Author

One of the world's most successful authors of historical romance, every one of Johanna Lindsey's previous novels has been a national bestseller, and several of her titles have reached the #1 spot on the New York Times bestseller list. Ms. Lindsey lives in New England with her family.

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Chapter One

Cardinia, 1835


The Crown Prince of Cardinia drew to a halt upon entering the anteroom outside the royal bedchamber. Maximilian Daneff awaited him there alone, a portentous reminder of the prince's youth and the punishments he'd received, deservedly and sometimes not. Whenever he had been called to account for his misdeeds, it had been in these chambers, with no attendants to bear witness — other than Count Daneff, who had always served as a buffer between two hot tempers. Daneff was Prime Minister now, but even before he had risen to that exalted position, he had been a friend and advisor to the king.

He spoke now in the soothing accents bequeathed him by a Romanian mother. "Your expediency is appreciated, your Majesty. I feared we would have to scour the countryside in search of gypsy camps to find you. "

The censure was there, unrestrained as usual. Max disapproved, even more than the king did, of the way the prince sometimes took his leisure. But the words didn't affect him in the usual way, neither heightening his color nor producing anger. It was the address, Majesty rather than Highness, that arrested the prince's attention, draining color from his features.

"My God, he's dead?"

"No-no!" Maximilian shouted, horrified that he had given that impression. "But—" He paused, aware that the Crown Prince had had no forewarning of what he was about to impart. "Sandor has abdicated, formally, with the Turkish Grand Vezir as witness. "

Color furiously returned to the prince's cheeks. "And why was I not invited to this momentous occasion?"

"It was thought that you might be moved toprotest—"

"As well I would! Why, Max? His physicians claim he has improved. Were they lying for my benefit?"

"He has improved, but ... it will not last if he returns to his duties, and even so, you knew — were told — that the time he has left is limited. Your father has reached his sixty-fifth year. This condition that has affected his heart has taken his strength from him. A few more months is the most we can hope for. "

No expression crossed the prince's features to tell of the pain those words caused, other than the closing of his eyes. He had been told what Max had just reminded him of, but as any child might do when faced with losing his only remaining parent, he had ignored the warnings and clung to hope. And the physicians had given him that hope, a false hope, he now realized.

"Is this why I was summoned," he asked bitterly, "to be told I am to be crowned before the old king is even in his grave?"

"I know you feel it is wrong, but it cannot be helped. It is what your father wants."

"You could assume the reins, as you do whenever he leaves the country. He need not have relinquished the honor before death took it from him."

Maximilian smiled sadly. "Do you truly believe he would not involve himself in the rigors of office when he is here and kept well informed? The only way he will have the peace necessary to survive a while longer is to remove his right to rule. He knew this, and this is what he has done. And it is only one of the reasons you were summoned, not the most important.

"What can be more so?"

"Sandor will tell you. He awaits you now, so go in to him. But a word of caution, if you will. Do not remonstrate with him for what has already been done and cannot now be changed.. He abdicated willingly and even with happiness, because you are and have always been the pride of his life. As for the rest, restrain your temper and arguments, and bring them to me when you leave him. I am prepared to deal with both, your Majesty."

The address was said deliberately this time, and meant to tell him that even though he was now king, Max would treat him no differently than he ever had, with love and calm masoning in the face of his royal rage. Speculation over what was going to cause that rage tilled him with dread as he entered the royal bedchamber. Max knew that he rarely lost his temper anymore. Certainly he would argue with anyone regardless of rank, but since he had become a man, he prided himself on having developed more control of his temper.

The abdicated King of Cardima lay propped up in his bed, a huge monstrosity that required steps to reach the dais it sat upon, then more to reach the top mattress, which was draped in fine velvet and silks and was attached to a solid gold headboard displaying the royal crest at its head. The rest of the room was just as opulent. Marble floors reflected the candlelight; walls draped in the finest silk were adorned with artwork from the masters of Europe, some paintings spreading from floor to ceiling, all in solid gold frames. But the king's bedchamber was no different from the rest of the palace, where gold and silver abounded and assured any visitor that Cardinia, although relatively small in comparison to her neighbors, contained within her borders innumerable gold mines that made her one of the richest countries in Eastern Europe.

"Already he scowls," Sandor grumbled as his son drew near. "My last mistress confessed you frightened her to death when you looked just so. "

"With a countenance to send children screaming for their mothers, I am not surprised."

Sandor grew uncomfortable with a subject that, by unspoken agreement, was never to be broached. He quickly changed it with the promise, "If Max has overstepped his bounds, I will have his tongue cut out.

"He told me only that I am king."

"Ali. " Sandor ignored the sharp tone and relaxed back into his pillows, patting the mattress beside him. "Come, join me as you used to do."

The prince didn't hesitate, but bounded up the dais and stretched out his long frame on the foot of the mattress. He rested on one elbow, staring at his father with the patience he was becoming renowned for. Sandor knew in that moment that his abdication wouldn't be questioned, no matter how much his son might abhor his decision. He sighed in relief. That had been the only contention as, he saw it. The rest was a matter of record that merely needed to be recalled.

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  • Posted August 31, 2011

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    loved it

    I am a voracious reader who enjoys romance books and Johanna Lindsey is a fantastic writer. i enjoyed reading this one.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2011

    VIRGIN!!!!!

    My God why not just tell the guy you were untouched. It started out so good then it got sooooo stupid. It could have been alot better..... Someone rewrite this! She wont tell him shes a VIRGIN cuz he thinks her a WHORE so while drunk he has his way with her and doesnt even realize she was a VIRGIN so weeks and weeks later after travelling around the world by sea the new king goes to marry the WHORE who was promised to him since she was a baby and should have been a VIRGIN receives THE SAME PANTS he put on after their interlude and sees the VIRGINAL STAIN! Which by the way have not been washed and why would I thought the sheets would have been alittle more beleivable.....Of course they lived happily ever after, blah blah blah.......Give me something beleivable people!!

    6 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 8, 2011

    Loved

    I liked it enough to keep my paper copy when I got it in digital :)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2009

    good reading

    a relaxing book to read

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 7, 2011

    Good.

    Yes, as with many if not all of lindseys books, the endings are rushed. Worth the read but its as if the author has tuned out and wants to be rid of it to start anew.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2014

    Great Book

    I enjoyed reading this book. I have been looking for a new author to read and am looking forward to reading more books from Johanna.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2013

    Recommend

    It is Johanna Lindsey and I love her there really isn't anything she has written that I do not like or recommend. If you like historical romance she is the author for you!

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  • Posted September 20, 2013

    This was my first book I ever brought and it was alright I didn'

    This was my first book I ever brought and it was alright I didn't really like how it started and but I kept reading and it got to me I loved how it ended and overall it was a nice book but I haven't read it again 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2013

    DarkThunder1 to E.P.

    Well, i did this competition and i wrote this story called: Battle of the Reblivian. And it ended up winning. The storyline goes: A young man named Ross has been forced to be put into fate, crimes in the kingdom he was sentence to death, but the king Azulon had second thoughts, if he can prove hes worthy of completing his quests, his records will be wiped out and started clean. Ross accepted them and was off, his mission was to stop the army of Formilia brother of Azulon from the invasion. He met 4 allies and 1 nemisis, they journyed off to the paths of great heroes and villans, for years Ross always dreamed of being on the hall of villans but dispite all hes gone through he hd a change of heart. The next day Ross became very ill. His simpomtes were vital and he was required to take rest by his friends. He was on his mark, what he had all done has been good, he was going through the Crossroads of Destiny. It isnt normal. It will dertimine his fate whether he wil become good or not. E.P you can you this story or change it. This wasnt Minecraft related when i wrote it. But you can change it if you would like. Logging off, DarkThunder1.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2013

    To E.P.

    Can i be the bad guy in your next series?~Bearowner20 (the &star)

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2013

    DST to E.P.

    You can have a power. So you want dragon abilities. Boom! Ya got dem apples! I see that you really like it so far. What do you want to be abke to breathe (fire, eye of ender, poison, etc.)? I will be making the first part tomorrow.~DuhStoryTheater P.S. Have fun dreaming happily about the series. ;)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2013

    Hi E.P

    Can we talk on elementa res2?-FR

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2013

    highly recommend

    very entertaining,sexy and enjoyable reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2013

    Please read this post

    I have never read a book that corresponds to me. You may not know it but princesses are all around you. Some you can tell, but others like me are hidden among you so you cant tell we are princesses. But thats what makes getting/making new friends all the more fun. They dont know your a princess until you tell them. They possiby wouldnt believe you until you prove it; so tell them the name of the country you are from. Like for me, im from the small country of Costa Luna. It is not on MOST maps. And our weather pattern around it keeps ships and planes that are not of Royalty or Civilization off our island. The island would know. Now, I know that it sounds a little hard to believe,but its true. You would take a ship from the coast of California and keep sailing straight until you see fog. If you enter the fog and it is clear, then te island either KNOWS if your of the civilization, or it thinks you should live there. And that is really all i have to say about the island of Costa Luna. Thank you for reading my post!

    ~ Princess Rosalina Gonzolas

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2013

    Highly recommend

    This book is very entertaining very few lulls in the story it keeps your attention and looking forward to what happens next.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2013

    Very Good Book

    I really enjoyed reading this book. One of her best.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2013

    Another great book by Johanna Lindsey.  I loved it!!! I have rea

    Another great book by Johanna Lindsey.  I loved it!!! I have read most of her books and have enjoyed all of them but one which is the Keeper Of The Heart. I just couldn't get myself to finish the 2nd chapter.  

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  • Posted December 22, 2012

    I liked this book. I didn't think I would but it was good I read

    I liked this book. I didn't think I would but it was good I read You belong to me first.. which is book 2. I liked book 2 actually better. Both books are worth reading.

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  • Posted November 21, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    One of best I love this book. Enjoyed it so much I also have this one in hard back

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