Lord of the Forest
Dorset, 1100: On the eve of a dreaded marriage, Anglo-Norman heiress Adelise is kidnapped by English outlaw Edmund, then held to ransom. Adelise hadn’t enjoyed her position as pawn in the game of politics between her treacherous cousin Ivo, and those jostling to position themselves in line to the throne of England. Her handsome, complex kidnapper might just be the best thing that could happen to her, and the people she governs ... if she can discover and overcome the secret that makes him treat her as his enemy.
Waking up in a strange bed, with a slatternly woman and two thugs leering down at her, begins a terrifying journey for Athena Beaumont. Across town, Nicholas Hardy discovers an appalling secret of 1850s London: young girls, guaranteed virgin, being sold to the highest bidder. He attends an auction, intending to buy a girl and coach her in how to give evidence in court. But he gets more than he bargained for when he buys Athena. She’s no ignorant slum child, and she has an appalling story to tell of how she got there. Athena and Nick join forces to combat the corruption surrounding them as they strive to bring down a white slavery ring.