With her fragile beauty and regal bearing, the Duchess of
Warneham knows how to keep her admirers at a distance.
Twice wed and twice widowed, Antonia has vowed never again
to marry; never again to surrender her freedom. But when
her husband's death is deemed suspicious, and his long-
lost heir returns to seize control of the dukedom, she
finds that fate has placed her future in yet another man's
hands -- but not just any man.
They call him a cold-hearted bastard...
Deep in London's docklands, Gareth Lloyd runs Neville
Shipping with an iron fist. Unrecognizable as the starving
orphan who was abandoned by his family and sent an ocean
away from home, Gareth has put his troubled past behind
him. That is, until the Duke of Warneham is murdered, and
Gareth turns out to be the dynasty's last living heir.
Wrenched from his solitude, Gareth neither wants nor needs
the honors and obligations of nobility -- especially the
Duke's all-too-tempting widow.... Or does he?