Impoverished aristocrat Isabella Vernaducci would defy death itself to rescue her imprisoned brother. Though fear formed a fist around her heart, she’d even brave the haunted, accursed lair of the lion—the menacing palazzo of legendary, lethal Don Nicolai DeMarco . . .
Rumor said the powerful don could command the heavens, that the beast below did his bidding . . . and that he was doomed to destroy the woman he took as his wife. It was whispered he was not wholly human—as untamed as his tawny mane and slashing amber eyes.
But Isabella met a man whose growl was velvet, purring heat, whose eyes held dark, all-consuming desire. And when the don commanded her to become his bride, she went willingly into his muscled arms, praying she’d save his tortured soul . . . not sacrifice her life . . . [from back cover]
Winner for the 2002 Golden Rose Award Readers Choice Award from Love Romances for Best Shapeshifter