Christian Dumont had been to hell to pay for the sins of his father. Now a royal command to wed would restore all he had lost-but at what price? For though marriage to landed, beauteous Emalie Montgomerie seemed to present no hardships, his countess harbored a secret dangerous enough to destroy them both.
Though she held her honor unblemished in her heart, Emalie Montgomerie knew coming unchaste to the bridal bed was a sin unforgivable in a noblewoman. Still, the desire flaring in Christian's eyes offered her hope...but would the prideful Dumont ever accept another man's babe as his own?