Ailing nurse Marguerite Laurent is too practical to believe a fortuneteller’s prediction that she will die in less than a year’s time, until she has irrefutable proof that the woman doesn’t lie. Determined to savor all of life’s pleasures Marguerite takes a lover who will give her a whirlwind tour of passion, but her plans are thrown into chaos when she’s abducted by Ash Courtland.
Revenge against his partner drives Ash to kidnap Marguerite off the steps of her father’s house and force her to marry him. Growing up in the slums and pulling himself up by the bootstraps has made Ash a powerful man who craves respectability, which is what he hopes Marguerite will bring. Marguerite refuses to allow a rogue to ruin her plans, but she’s in for a few surprises as their journey becomes an adventure in passion. As love blossoms Marguerite realizes she must find a way to alter her fate and have years to spend with Ash. (AVON, Dec., 380 pp., $7.99)