The war taught him he couldn’t love. She proved him wrong.
Captain Robert Pemberley did what a second son was supposed to do, and he came home a war hero for it. But the war scarred him more than anyone can see. He’s given up on finding happiness, much less love. And a prickly spinster in a remote village is the last person to convince him otherwise. Even if he is searching for reasons to kiss her again.
Miss Sophie Valence has endured enough scandal for three lifetimes. She’s finally found a comfortable existence, and she’s absolutely not going to risk it for a gentleman. Particularly not for a far-too-handsome gentleman who also happens to be a war hero from one of the most prominent families in England. One whose kisses make her feel things no spinster should. One who will break her heart if he ever learned the truth about her.
A truth that refuses to stay hidden.
When secrets from Sophie’s past result in one lord dead and another wounded, only Captain Pemberley can keep her safe from the perpetrators. And he isn’t about to give her up without a fight. But can Sophie trust him with her heart and the truth of her past before that past claims everything, including the man she loves?