A brooding war hero who considers himself too damaged to be seen in public, a lovely impoverished debutante with a secret that causes her beau to abandon her, and the series of mail-order bride contract omissions that bring them to the altar…
An only son, Captain Drake Blackstone must bear a child to carry on his family’s hard-fought legacy — a nearly impossible task for a man with disfiguring wounds that have rendered him a recluse since the war. When his aging grandfather recommends advertising for a mail-order bride, Drake ultimately decides to leave out the details of his beastly appearance.
Melissande Rose is furious with herself for believing the most eligible bachelor in town ever intended to marry her. After an elopement that her affianced later claims is not legal and binding, he leaves her high and dry with a babe on the way. The only thing standing between her and complete ruin is a dreamy-sounding advert for a mail-order bride — a contract she won’t stand a chance of securing, unless she hides her scandalous secret a few days longer.