Thrust into the role of laird at his father's unexpected death, Conn returns home from a trip abroad to find his cousin has usurped his title, and his betrothed--a young woman he barely knows and certainly did not agree to marry--is hunted by the sheriff, accused of stealing cattle. His immediate plan is to petition the king for clemency for the stupid chit, break the betrothal, and get his castle back from his treacherous cousin. Marriage is definitely not in his plans.
Brianna Douglas has no use for men. Widowed young, daily berated for failing to give her husband a child, and sent home in subsequent disgrace, she has devoted her life to holding her family's land for her young brother as her father drinks away his sorrow at her mother's death. Raiders have hit her clan hard, and to save them, she is forced into a betrothal with Laird MacLaurey's son for protection.
It will take a king's edict and sacrifice from each to remind them what love means. But can they accept their losses and learn from their mistakes before Brianna marries another?