General of the Berushese army and brother to King Cyrus, Prince Darius uses his skills as a warrior and leader to protect his country and wreak vengeance on its enemies. However, years of fighting take their toll. Violent dreams torment him at night, and a red haze of anger often clouds his judgment.
Concerned for his well-being, Cyrus sends Darius on a diplomatic assignment, but the warrior prince prefers swinging a sword to bandying words. Supporting his brother and keeping his people safe, whatever the cost, are his only priorities. Love is certainly not on his agenda, until he meets Lady Eemya—a beautiful, confident woman with a will to match his own.
Used to conquering by force, Darius discovers Eemya’s favor must be won another way. Can he convince this genteel, Artylian landholder that he is more than the wild animal he seems? To do so, he must look deep into his own heart, confront the darkness he has allowed to fester there, and find that his worst enemy is himself.