When Lady Johanna learned that she was a widow, she vowed she would never marry again. Only sixteen, already she possessed a strength of will that impressed all who looked past her golden-haired beauty. Yet when King John demanded that she remarry and selected a bridegroom for her --- it seemed she must acquiesce, until her beloved foster brother suggested she wed his friend, the handsome Scottish warrior Gabriel MacBain.
The first in a long series of books staring Eve Dallas (I'm talking somewhere in the 30's and going strong). The series is authored by Nora Roberts under the pen name J.D. Robb and the books are mysteries set 50 years in the future all featuring the same cast of characters.