Rumor said the powerful Nicolai DeMarco could command the heavens, that the beasts below did his bidding, and that he was doomed to destroy the woman he took as wife. It was whispered he was not wholly human - as untamed as his tawny mane and slashing amber eyes.
Impoverished aristocrat Isabella Vernaducci would defy death itself to rescue her imprisoned brother. She'd even brave the haunted, accursed lair of the lion - the menacing palace of legendary, lethal 'Don' Nicolai DeMarco. Then 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.