When Galen Tarrant--disguised by a leather mask--returns from the Crusades intent on reclaiming his estate, he chances upon Anne of Thornbury whom he believes to be an exquisite illusion, but he learns she is all too real when she ignites a fierce desire within him and quells his inner turmoil with her love.
Man of Mystery
He traveled only at night, shrouded by darkness, his visage shielded by a leather mask. After eleven years, Galen Tarrant, Lord of Rosenthorn, rode back from the Crusades to reclaim his lands, only to stumble upon the most beautiful golden-haired creature he had ever seen. In her arms he felt complete, but he could not allow himself to take her innocence when the demons of his past threatened to destroy everything he touched.
Maid of Moonlight
Sitting in the moonlight at the edge of the forest, she appeared to him as a delicate wood elf, but Anne of Thornbury was no spritely illusion. A fresh-faced village girl, Anne had no experience with love -- until she met the brave yet reclusive lord with the hidden face and mysterious history. She soon realized that only with her love could Galen finally overcome the past and release his heart from the shadow of...The Mask.