New York Times bestsellingauthor Stephanie Laurens returns to rugged Scotland with a dramatic tale ofpassionate desire, unwavering devotion, and a match too powerful to deny.
Restless and impatient, Marcus Cynster waitsfor fate to come calling. He knows his destiny lies in the lands surrounding hisfamily home, but what will his future be and with whom will he share it?Of one fact he feels certain: his fated bride will not be Niniver Carrick. Hiselusive neighbor attracts him mightily, yet he feels compelled to protecther—even from himself. Fate, he’s sure, would never be so kind as to decreethat Niniver should be his. The best he can do for them both is to avoid her.
Niniver has vowed to return her clan toprosperity. The epitome of fragile femininity, her delicate and etherealexterior cloaks a stubborn will and an unflinching devotion to the people inher care. She accepts that she cannot risk marrying and losing her grip on theclan’s reins to an inevitably controlling husband. Unfortunately, many localmen see her as their opportunity. Soon, she’s forced to seek help to getrid of her unwelcome suitors. Powerful and dangerous, Marcus Cynster is perfectfor the task. Suppressing her wariness over tangling with a gentleman who excites her passions, she appeals to him for assistance with her peculiarproblem.
Although at first he resists, Marcus discoversthat, contrary to his expectations, his fated role is to stand by Niniver’sside and, ultimately, to claim her hand. Yet in order to convince her to be hisbride, they must plunge headlong into a journey full of challenges, unforeseendangers, passion, and yearning, until Niniver grasps the essential truth—thatshe is indeed a match for Marcus Cynster.