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Publisher Description

From New York Times bestselling author Kathleen E. Woodiwiss comes one of her most iconic and beloved romances of all time…

A pact is sealed in secret behind the foreboding walls of Newgate Prison. In return for one night of unparalleled pleasure, a dashing condemned criminal consents to wed a beautiful heiress, thereby rescuing her from an impending and abhorred arranged union.

But in the fading echoes of hollow wedding vows, a solemn promise is broken, as a sensuous free spirit takes flight to a lush Caribbean paradise, abandoning the stranger she married to face the gallows unfulfilled.

Ruark Beauchamp’s destiny is now eternally intertwined with that of the tempestuous, intoxicating Shanna. He will be free . . . and he will find her. For no iron ever forged can imprison his resolute passion. And no hangman’s noose will keep Ruark from the bride— and ecstasy—that he craves. 

March 17
HarperCollins e-books

Customer Reviews

Dominicankat ,

Love it!!

Kathleen Woodiwiss had a talent for making every one of heroines characters unique. Shanna is no exception. She is spoiled and capricious but is fortunate to find a man that learns to love her despite all her faults. I've read this book about four times and can't get bored with the beautiful location and the well developed characters.


Wonderful Romance

I have been reading her books since I was 15yrs old. You could always be in a different space and time with her books! It is very hard to create a situation with a book and feel that you are there. I am 56 now and have not been able to find such an author. There are 4 or 5 out that come close to her writing, starting with Lindsay Sands. I have no problem with re-reading Ms. Woodiwiss’s books time after time. I hope she is resting after all the writing she has done, looking down on us and smiling, knowing she has taken romance readers around the word, to that special place in time, loving and living.

elise taylor ,


As much as i loved and still love “The Flame and the Flower”, the dialogue and romance between Shanna and Beauchamp were hard to fathom. I felt like the author just tried to write something different and it failed miserably.

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