Mr. Devan Farris, a notorious flirt, if he does say so himself, meets his match when he accepts the vicar position in the village of Thistledown, the domain of the widowed marchioness, Lady Avalon Cavensham Warwyk. Lady Warlock as Devan affectionately calls her wants nothing to do with the irreverent vicar, and she definitely doesn't need him poking into her business. When they're locked in the wine cellar overnight, sparks fly, and soon they find themselves forced to marry. Secrets from both of their pasts stretch their newly formed matrimonial bonds taunt. He's a virgin, and she's committed to a community of prostitutes who seek another way of life. Will Avalon learn to trust her husband or will the wounds from her first marriage keep her from giving her heart completely to her new husband?