Can a gentle hand tame the savage beast?
After a fateful meeting in Hyde Park, Violet fears she’s lost her heart to a man rumored to have disappeared. But now that he’s returned, whispers amongst Society hint that he’s grossly disfigured and fit for Bedlam. The papers have dubbed Weirick Andrews the Undesirable Duke, but Violet refuses to forget him until she sees for herself the man he’s become. As destiny would have it, she is one of the few debutantes invited to Selbourne Castle to be considered for the role of Lady Andrews, the future Duchess of Selbourne.
A scarred traveling prizefighter, Weirick, the new Duke of Selbourne, intends to leave England, and all the clinging baggage it represents, behind by staging his own death. But before he can, Weirick must see his brother married and settled. And not just any bride will do. Only a few are invited to Selbourne Castle for his brother to choose from, wallflowers all…except one. She’s haunted his dreams for five years, but Weirick never thought he’d set eyes on Violet Everly again.
He will not see her wed to his brother…but keeping her for himself would mean embracing a destiny he’s run from all his life.