Annie Davis is in trouble. To save her reputation and avoid the wrath of her father, she needs to catch a husband as soon as possible--and she's willing to pay. When she lands in the arms of a handsome stranger who agrees to exchange his name for the promise of an heiress's wealth, Annie makes an impulsive decision. She gains a husband her body desires, her mind doesn't trust, and her soul longs to love.
Michael O'Ryan came to America to escape the war in Ireland. Now he finds himself wanted by the law and facing a criminal's future. A marriage of convenience to the daughter of a prosperous plantation owner seems like a serendipitous chance to change his luck. Until his spirited bride unwittingly tempts the danger from his mysterious past--and awakens the long-forgotten passion in his heart . . .