In the historical romance genre it is much easier to make a Duke dashing and a Duchess daring than it is to make a broken down soldier and a spinster exciting. But that is where this book comes in. Kate has a lot of things not in her favor; she has a birthmark on her face, she’s older, and she’s an orphan. Corporal Thorne is not rich, has a more dubious background than she does, and is not dashing in the least.
He thinks she’s too good for him, and that’s even before certain events change everything.
When Samuel and Kate fall in love you feel their love on the pages. When Kate decides she will do anything and give up a lifelong dream to keep him is when you love Kate just for loving Samuel.
Don’t miss out of a beautiful, funny and original historical romance. Have I steered you wrong yet?
— Rosa, New Jersey
A temporary engagement, a lifetime in the making. After years of fending for herself, Kate Taylor found friendship and acceptance in Spindle Cove--but she never stopped yearning for love. The very last place she'd look for it is in the arms of Corporal Thorne. The militia commander is as stone cold as he is brutally handsome. But when mysterious strangers come searching for Kate, Thorne steps forward as her fiance. He claims to have only Kate's safety in mind. So why is there smoldering passion in his kiss? Long ago, Samuel Thorne devoted his life to guarding Kate's happiness. He wants what's best for her, and he knows it's not marriage to a man like him. To outlast their temporary engagement, he must keep his hands off her tempting body and lock her warm smiles out of his withered heart. It's the toughest battle of this hardened warrior's life... and the first he seems destined to lose.