Broken and bitter, Jefferson Randolph can never forget all he lost in the War Between the States-or forgive those he has fought. Long after most of his six brothers have found wedded bliss, the former Rebel soldier keeps himself buried in work, until a run-in with a Yankee schoolteacher teaches him that he has a lot to learn about passion. Violet Goodwin is too refined and genteel for an ornery bachelor like Jeff. Yet before he knows it, his disdain for Violet blossoms into desire. But Jeff fears that love alone isn't enough to help him put his past behind him-or convince a proper lady that she can find happiness as the newest bride in the rowdy Randolph clan.