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Two years ago, independent widow Juliana Sheldon spent a blissful night with the Viscount Audlington at an inn during a snowstorm, and the next morning, he left without a word. Juliana doesn't realize how much his abandonment upset her until she encounters him at a matchmaking house party. He'd like to rekindle their affair, but Juliana prefers to torment him instead. Until she finally surrenders to temptation-only to be dismayed when he begins to talk about the one thing she doesn't want: marriage.
Lucas Trask, heir to an earldom, has left his rakish reputation behind in favor of finally taking a wife. He never forgot Juliana and reconnecting with her seems like fate is telling him who he should wed. However, Lucas has a secret, one he's never dared share with anyone. If he can convince Juliana to be his wife, he'll reveal everything. But when tragedy strikes, he must leave again. This time, the runaway viscount may be all out of luck.