A white marriage is match for dark desires. Sir Percival Hanbury is prepared to pay almost any price to regain his family's ancestral seat. Yet the demand of its current owner, the Earl of Stanville, sets his teeth on edge. Wycombe Oaks can be his-if he agrees to marry the earl's disgraced daughter. With memories of his first marriage still tormenting him, Percy never intended to marry again. But if he refuses, the castle will be razed. Lady Letitia's beauty and fortune proved match for scandal, costing her a fiance and her reputation. The last thing she wants is to instead marry a boorish country squire, but the alternative is even worse. In spite of himself, Percy finds his resistance melting in the face of Letitia, an accomplished artist who takes deep interest in his family pile. Until all that's left is sizzling desire. And while the broad-shouldered, handsome baronet far exceeds Letitia's grim expectations, he's a harder challenge than his half-ruined castle. But to trust a woman again, Percy must face dark secrets from the past...and learn to trust himself, as well. Warning: Contains English country gossip, vengeful plots, a brooding, tormented baronet, and a feisty lady who refuses to let anything break her spirit.