Ransom Deverell once got away with murder. So rumor has it.
People say he has no heart and no conscience. Just like his infamous father, he's a cocksure, irreverent fellow of indeterminate pedigree or class. On the surface he appears indifferent, cold and merciless, while on the inside there are, according to gossip, unplumbed depths of sin and depravity.
He even shot at his own father once, so who knows what he could be capable of next?
Ransom Deverell is irredeemable. He's heard it so often it must be true.
Oddly enough, his reputation does not keep women at bay. The lure of danger brings them into his life by the dozen, but he keeps his boots on, always ready to run swiftly away from promises and commitment.
And he isn't always looking where he's going.
In her twenty six years, Miss Mary Ashford has been through enough ups and downs— mostly the latter. It doesn't matter that her sister calls her an old maid and every opportunity in life seems to have passed her by. These days she would rather experience adventures by safely reading about them within the pages of a book. Far less risk to one's heart and petticoats.
So when this scapegrace collides with a lamp post and crashes into her quiet bookshop, Mary must keep her eminently sensible wits about her. Although Deverell stirs up the dust and tickles her sense of humor, she knows how to handle habitual flirts and artful charmers.
And she knows this menace to womanhood is accustomed to getting his own way. Well, he won't get it with her.
He says he's entirely unlovable. She says she's far too practical to believe in love. Everybody knows love only happens to weak-chinned imbeciles and silly girls in novels.
But when these two opposites meet, they soon realize that not everything is quite as it seems. Including them.
And it could be that they met just in the nick of time.
Falling in love is every bit as painful as it sounds, but when disaster strikes, it just might save them both.
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