William does not want anything in his life to change. He is more than content to continue with his rakish ways, but, when his father dies unexpectedly, he is forced to return to the country and take on his ducal responsibilities. Eleanor Davisham hates how her parents quash her free spirit. They are determined that she should marry, but only a man of their choosing. Determined to live her own life, and terrified of her suitor’s cruelty, Eleanor flees from her home, managing to find employment. Sparks fly when the new Duke and Eleanor meet. She will not be taken in by his flirtations, and he is astounded to discover that, once he drops his façade, his heart is softening in a way he has never experienced before. However, secrets haunt their blossoming relationship and, when they all come out in a flurry, Eleanor’s life is left hanging in the balance – and William must decide what he is to do with the woman who has captured his heart.