When Lord Greene wagers his daughter’s hand in marriage in a card game, no one is less surprised the woman herself. The only thing that shocks Olive is that the man that he has gambled her away to is none other than the Duke of Ruin.
Rumors abound that the Sixth Duke of Everleigh callously murdered his late wife and killed her lover in a duel – and now Olive is to become his bride.
Ruan Ashford took one look at Olive Greene and knew that he had to have her in his bed. The beautiful, auburn-haired temptress will make a perfect Duchess; there’s only one problem – his new wife despises him.
When a chance arises for Olive to disappear, she readily grabs hold of it, and soon, the Duke of Ruin is hunting the Cornish countryside for his runaway bride. When he finds her, can he convince her that he’s not the dreadful villain the world thinks him to be and that his love for her is real?