"Valentine St. Leger is a healer with a wounded heart. Born with the amazing gift to eliminatge the suffering of others by taking their pain into his own body, Val's gentle hands cannot change a tormenting truth: he will never marry. According to history, should he defy his destiny and wed, his unfortunate bride would be doomed to an early death. Though he aches for the one woman who knows all his secrets, he cannot return her passion."
I should probably have first read Carroll's "The Bride Finder" and "The Night Drifter," and I would have had a better understanding of all the characters and their histories.