Tristan Wemyss, Earl of Trentham, never expected he'd need to wed within a year or forfeit his inheritance.
But he is not one to bow to the matchmaking mamas of the ton.
No, he will marry a lady of his own choosing. And the lady he chooses is the enchanting neighbour living with her family next door.
Miss Leonora Carling has beauty, spirit and passion; unfortunately, matrimony is the last thing on her mind . . . Once bitten, forever shy - never again will Leonora allow any man to capture her heart and break it.
But Tristan is a seasoned campaigner who will not accept defeat, especially when a mysterious blackguard with dark designs on Leonora's family home gives him the perfect excuse to come to the lady's aid - as her protector, confidant, seducer...and husband.