After a time of playing cat-and-mouse, Annis and Adam are caught in a compromising situation and are forced to wed. They've both been married before. He deeply loved his first wife, whom he married quite young. Annis fears remarriage because she was practically held prisoner by her first husband who controlled every aspect of her life. Not only does Annis have to fight her fears regarding marriage, but she also must deal with the inadequacies she feels because Adam now faces a marriage that is not based on love. On top of all that, Annis must chaperone two difficult young women, and the folks nearby are near rioting over another landowner's unfair practices. Worse, Annis' cousin works for the villain.
I enjoyed the characters in this book & liked how our hero wasn't some cold rake like in so many romances trying to reform. The secondary characters are very involved & you get as interested in them as you do your H/H. 2nd in the Tallant series.