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CAN A MARRIAGE OF CONVENIENCE BECOME A LOVE MATCH? Kathryn Devereux, young widow of an Irish chieftain, is determined to keep her young daughter and the child she carries safe. Kathryn strikes a bargain with Hugh O'Neill, her late-husband's ambitious nephew. Their union brings them an earldom-- Earl and Countess of Tyrone. Though attracted to her charismatic husband, Kathryn conceals her feelings and worries that Hugh cannot give her the tenderness she craves. Though attracted to his bride, Hugh agrees to a platonic marriage until Kathryn delivers her baby. No sooner than he gives Kathryn the love she craves when a rival O'Neill kinsman abducts her. Hugh's daring raid rescues his wife from her captor, but her nights as a captive haunt Kathryn. Hugh's task is to regain his wife's trust and gently stoke her desire.