This collection includes the full versions of all of the Kathleen Kirkwood HEART Trilogy novels: The Valiant Heart, The Defiant Heart and the Captive Heart, at a savings over purchasing each book separately.
The Valiant Heart
A beautiful heiress and pawn of the king . . . Dispossessed of her lands by the marauding Norsemen, Brienne Beaumanior is brought from cloister by royal decree and offered as a bride to her enemy.
A golden warrior of the North . . . Sent to escort his father’s promised bride to the Barony of Valsemé, Rurik Atlison finds himself entranced by the dark-haired beauty and his passions set aflame.
Love unexpected, bringing peril to all . . . Tormented by their desires, Rurik and Brienne resist giving in to their yearnings and endangering their people.
But destiny will not be denied . . . Their love will burn brightly through all the ages to come as Norse and Frank meld into a new people — the Normans.
The Defiant Heart
A maiden of Ireland enslaved . . . Seized during a brutal attack on her homeland, Ailinn vows to remain forever defiant against her Norse captors, no matter the future that awaits her — or the handsome Dane with snow-bright hair who suddenly appears in her life.
A shining warrior of the North . . . When Lyting Atlison encounters the autumn-fire beauty in shackles, he vows to free her. Discovering the fate his kinsmen intend for the maid, he undertakes a private mission in order to join the fleet that will bear her to distant lands.
Now as the Norse host sets sail for the lands of the Rus and the glittering courts of Byzantium, untold perils await . . . as does a journey of passion and discovery . . . and a love no chains can bind.
The Captive Heart
A maiden of Normandy, mistakenly abducted . . . Kidnapped from the ducal palace of Rouen, Ailénor quickly realizes her captors’ mistake and the peril that yet threatens her mother. As the ruffians smuggle her aboard ship, bound and gagged, and set forth for Ireland, she is desperate to escape . . . unaware her champion is near at hand.
A Saxon lord on a secret mission for his king . . . No sooner does Garreth of Tamworth arrive in Normandy than he encounters the entrancing scarlet-haired maiden who literally knocks him off his feet. But their stolen moments and budding passions end abruptly when his audience with the Duke concludes badly. As he departs Rouen, little does he realize that the beautiful Ailénor lies hidden aboard, just beneath his feet.
Now only he can save her from family enemies returned from long past, seeking revenge . . .
Yet amid the darkest danger, their all-consuming love is forged . . .