Prisoner of My Desire

Prisoner of My Desire

by Johanna Lindsey

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ISBN-13: 9780380756278
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/01/1991
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 284,970
Product dimensions: 4.19(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.08(d)

About 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

England, 1152

The lady was small and fragile, but with the tall knight standing before her, her frailty was much more apparent. Her blond head reached no higher than his broad shoulders. And when his open palm cracked across her cheek, her thin body jerked to the side with the force of it. A blow like that would have easily sent her to the floor if she were not supported. But she was supported, by two of the knight's men-at-arms. They stood well behind her, her arms twisted just so to thrust her forward so they would not take a blow meant for her. This kept her upright when she might have buckled, kept her there to receive another blow, and still another.

Across the small chamber, Rowena Belleme watched. She also was being held fast by two men-at-arms, the same two who had dragged her into this chamber to witness her stepbrother's brutality. Blood trickled down the center of her chin from biting her lips to keep from screaming. Tears fell copiously over ashen cheeks. But she had not been struck herself. Like as not it would come to that if she did not give in to her stepbrother's demands after this demonstration of his seriousness, but while his patience held, he did not want to blacken her with bruises that would elicit comment at her wedding.

Gilbert d'Ambray hadno such qualms regarding his stepmother, however. Lady Anne Belleme-nay, she was Anne d'Ambray now and once again a widow, now that Gilbert's father was dead-was of little use to him except as a hostage to Rowena's behavior. And there was not much that Rowena would not do for her mother. But what Gilbert wanted of her now ...

Anne turned to look at herdaughter. Her cheeks were blotched a fiery red with the imprints of Gilbert's heavy hand, yet she had shed not a tear, nor made a single sound. Her expression, so eloquent, wrung more tears from Rowena. It said plainly, This has been done to me so often, 'tis naught. Ignore it, daughter. Do not give the cur what he wants.

Rowena did not want to. Lord Godwine Lyons, the man Gilbert had found to marry her, was old enough to be her grandfather, in truth, her great-grandfather. And her mother had only confirmed the rumors she had heard of this old lord when Gilbert had demanded that Anne convince Rowena to comply with his wishes.

"I know Lyons, and he is not for an heiress of Rowena's stature. Even if his age were not an issue, the man has scandals of perversion attached to his name. Never would I condone such a match."

"He is the only man willing to fight to regain her properties," Gilbert had pointed out.

"Properties your father lost through his greed."

"Nay, it is every man's right --"

"To encroach on his neighbor?" Anne cut in with a full measure of the contempt she felt for her stepson, which was not even a quarter of what she had felt for his brutish father. "To raid and make war without recourse? To steal and force women into marriage before their husbands are even buried! Such rights only came to men since that weakling Stephen was made king."

Gilbert had actually flushed, but more likely with anger than in embarrassment for what his father had done to Anne. In truth, he was a product of the times. He had been only a child of eight when Stephen had stolen the crown from Matilda after old King Henry died. The kingdom had split apart then, half the barons refusing to accept a won-tan as their ruler, the other half holding by their oaths to Matilda, and now her son Henry of Aquitaine. Hugo d'Ambray was one of the barons who had then sworn to Stephen, and so he had felt justified in killing Rowena's father, who was Henry's vassal, and then forcing Walter Belleme's widow to marry him, thereby gaining control of all of Walter's lands, which Rowena as his only child inherited, as well as Anne's dower lands. And neither Anne nor Rowena had any recourse for this injustice, certainly not from a king who had thrown the realm into anarchy.

Unlike his father, who had had a streak of malevolence to complement his brutishness, Gilbert was like most men of his day, respectful when necessary, churlish when not, and intent on filling his coffers with the fruits of other men's labors. But because he had lived seventeen years with anarchy, his policies were no different from any other baron's. Most of them might bemoan having such a weakling that the land was rife with lawlessness, but then most of them took advantage and contributed to thatlawlessness.

Actually, in the three years that Gilbert had been Rowena's stepbrother, he had never said a harsh word to her, nor laid a hand to her in anger as his father had occasionally done. As a knight, Gilbert was well skilled and courageous. As a man, he was actually very handsome, with black hair and dark brown eyes that gave unease for their watchfulness. Until today, Rowena had hated him only because he was his father's son. For their own benefit and their petty wars with their neighbors, they had stripped her lands bare and taken everything of value that she and her mother had ever owned. Theyhad broken the betrothal contract her father had made for her, keeping her unwed strictly for their own profi I so they could continue to draw what they could from her serfs' labors, and demand war service from her vassals each year.

But last year Hugo d'Ambray had thoughtlessly decided to take Dyrwood keep, which sat between one of Rowena's properties and one of his own. That was tantamount to stirring up a hornet's nest, for Dyrwood belonged to one of the greater warlords of the north shires, the Lord of Fulkhurst, who not only came to the aid of his vassal at Dyrwood, routing the besie d sending them back to their own borders, systematically set out to destroy the man who had dared try to steal from him.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept reading hoping it would get better. The rowenna was tied up and raped for three days as retaliation for being forced to do the same to him. He went even further, making her a lady, a serf in his home. She was punished repeatedly for things beyond her control. He treated her cruelly. In the end all was quickly forgiven. Within a couple of pages, she takes him back? PLEASE!
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1152 England, her odious stepbrother Gilbert D¿Ambray forces Rowena Belleme to marry the elderly Godwynne Lyons because her sibling wants to use his new in-law¿s vast estate to fight a tough enemy. To force her to bend to his wishes, he threatens Rowena¿s mother Anne with brutal punishment. However, on their wedding night, her new spouse, old enough to be her grandfather, dies. To produce an heir, her stepbrother kidnaps Warrick deChaville. For the next three nights, Rowena has her way with her prisoner, who tries not to cooperate, but cannot stop his desires. Though Rowena frees Warrick, he thirsts for vengeance for his humiliation. He abducts Rowena to give her a taste of her own medicine. For the next three nights he has his way with her, but instead of freeing Rowena he makes her his servant. However, as she teaches him to enjoy life, Rowena and Warrick fall in love, but her stepbrother like a serpent in Eden has other plans for this couple. This reprint of a decade old medieval romance is entertaining due to the numerous period piece tidbits cleverly interwoven into the plot so that the audience feels as if they are actually in the mid twelfth century. The story line is well written but contains soft bondage (oxymoron?) and also implies rape though both participants act willingly in the heat of the moment. Fans of historical romances with plenty of lust, and a bit of chains and ropes will delight in Johanna Lindsey¿s tale of love ruining a perfect case of revenge. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Johanna's book... I think she did a wonderful job on this one!! Will read a second time!! Great sex scenes too!!
Randy Brought More than 1 year ago
First Johanna Lindsey book I've ever read and still my favorite.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Great book. It's an old book that I have read many times,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love reading historical romance and I loved this book. This is my third time to read it. I think some of the reviews are ridiculous. They don't like rape. This is in the year 1152, give me a break. Men are not like they use to be so get over it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a good story line. The end seemed a bit forced though...
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Great as all the rest of her books. What an imagination and inspiration! LORRAINE
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sandrafay More than 1 year ago
This is my first JL book. I had read the reviews and wanted to judge for myself. I really liked the book. I take it for what it is worth, a romance novel. Nothing more. I will have to try more of JL's books.
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cassandrarose More than 1 year ago
Wow an amazing book I loved it.Will definitely be reading this again the the future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the story and the characters. Worth the time to read it.
Momof4IN More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for a super hot, sigh worthy ready then look no further. This book has it all...a brooding hero, a damsel in distress, steamy love scenes... Just terrific! A Must Read!
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*Glances at his gun again and puts it away.*
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I tend to judge smutty romance by how good sex is after reading it. Suffice it to say I woke my husband in the middle of the night for a second round after finishing the book. Really it was the second best, the best was after I made him read a romance novel!
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CMON WHO DOESNT LIKE TO B DOMINATED EVERY NOW AND THEN!!!! I love these romance novels. We've created a society where men r afraid to b men, this is just fun! Lighten up on the whole rape thing, she started it. ;)