A Russian Regency Romance
Run away to Russia...
Betrothed to a duke well above her station, the young lady Isabelle Fontaine had only one duty to fulfill: marry the man! It should have been an easy task, for Henri, Duke de Gramont, was also strong, handsome, and professed to be in love with her. What more could the provincial daughter of a lowly baron hope for in a husband?
But that was before everything went wrong...
After participating in one duel too many, Prince Sebastian Konstantinovich Lvov was sent to Paris to cool his heels and perhaps learn a thing or two about civilized culture. He never would have imagined that he'd return to Russia with a bride. To begin with, he was already engaged.
That hardly seems to matter when it comes to Isabelle. At first he couldn't stop himself from tormenting the girl, but when her very life is endangered, he does what any self-respecting nobleman would: propose, and challenge her ex-fiancé to a duel. It seemed a reasonable response at the time.
Now if only he could explain that to his family–or the vengeful Grand Princess he was supposed to marry.