A feared mercenary... Benois le Vallieres, the legendary Commander of the North, is ruthless in battle. He feels no emotion, so feels no fear. But when he rescues a feisty yet vulnerable maid from danger, she manages to get under his skin like no woman before... ...and his princess bride Tavia of Mowerby is no one - a peasant who survives on her courage and crossbow alone. But when her royal blood is discovered, only marriage to Benois can keep her safe. She has his fearsome protection and his passionate desire, but will she ever melt his frozen heart?