This was a reread for me and if I can read a book twice it has to be good. I read somewhere that this book was introspective, and it really was for both Sara and Gavin. They spend a lot of time trying to figure out their feelings which is a good thing.
Sara Raymon suddenly is engaged to marry Lord Gavin Carlisle, the man she has loved forever. But Gavin wants no parts of this union and he is only agreeing to it in order to protect his mother. It will be a marriage in name only in Gavin's eyes. Sara intends to turn Gavin's anger into passion as she believes they can be closely felt. Since Sara was a true beauty with a gentleness that just might weaken his resolve, one kiss might force him to flee.
Sara begins being way to naive and she will really need a lot of maturity to deal with Gavin. He is a complex and thoroughly miserable person. He felt so betrayed by a cruel father, mainly the horrid way he had treated Gavin's beloved mother that Gavin had decided love could not be trusted and he would live his life free of emotional entanglements.
As Gavin is forced into marrying Sara, he truly treats her abominably on their wedding night and then he abruptly leaves her and heads home to Scotland to bury his mother.
At first Sara is distraught, but she has loved Gavin half her life and realizes this is a man to not give up on. If only she can break through and find him. Their story is one of dealing with one's past, patience, and letting go and trusting one another. Just when it appears they have finally found happiness Gavin has a relapse of trust and everything appears lost.
This was quite an emotional story. Greenwood does an excellent job at exploring Sara and Gavin's feelings and how they eventually come together is quite heartfelt. A solid four star book!