Elizabeth 'Bess' Jones was perfectly content living on her lonesome. She lived in a tiny village in Derbyshire which suited her just fine until HE walked into her life. The one man who changed her life forever. Emmett Wilde had always run from responsibility. Never had he wanted to embrace the traditions that his titled family upheld. Instead, he spent his days drinking, gambling and bedding women, that is until he came across the skinny, sharp tongued Bess. Caught in a compromising situation, Bess and Emmett are forced to marry, with Emmett promising to forge a death certificate just as soon as he returns to his home in the north of Derbyshire. When he gets home, however, he learns that his father, the Duke of Ascot, has died and that he is now the Duke. And he has a wife he can no longer deny.