Responsible 25yo heroine has taken care of her siblings after mother died & when father was struggling with gambling. She is instantly attracted to manly but foppishly-dressed duke Hero, who's been estranged from England & his family for 10 yrs after a duel with older brother who almost died. She marries him within the week, even though a part of her disagreed because of a traumatic secret she's been keeping. But part of her secret is revealed the day after their wedding, causing marital distance between them.
Balogh's books are often good reads. This one is probably one of the best ones I've read from her. It's a meaty book...character development, romance, sensuality ,& overall writing. Yet it was a quick read because the story was so interesting.