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In Regency England, a beautiful young woman finds her life thrown into turmoil by the arrival of a handsome scoundrel. Lady Elizabeth, the youngest and most headstrong of the three Banning sisters, has been engaged three times, and has scandalously broken off all three engagements. Her fear of becoming any man's property has kept her from marriage and earned her a reputation in the 'ton' as a heartbreaking flirt. Neil Severin is a wicked rogue, black of heart and black of reputation. A man of no morals, devoid of compassion, he is a government-sanctioned assassin. And his newest target is a man Beth holds dear. When the flame-haired beauty thwarts his plan, Neil exacts his own brand of spicy revenge. But circumstances unexpectedly throw them together, and with Beth's life in danger, Neil finds himself in the unexpected role of hero, racing to save her. What he never expects is that instead of him saving her, Beth winds up saving him. When the ruthless organisation he works for turns its agents loose on Neil, he and Beth travel the British countryside, fleeing the killers, their attraction to each other growing. Can Neil forgive himself for his past and accept Beth's love? Can Beth overcome her fear and trust Neil? Can they both survive long enough to begin a new life together?