THE THORN With his family in financial ruin, Leigh Nash, the new Earl of Winterburn, was expected to marry well to restore their fortune. He chooses instead to find peace and shelter as a small-town curate, using his position to appoint himself to a church living. He finds, instead, the torment of temptation in the form of a flame-haired beauty seething with resentment toward him. AND THE ROSE Rosalind Merrifield is the rose of the county, who struggles to save her estate from her brother's reckless gambling or face eviction. She's further agitated when she hears that a selfish elitist, Leigh Nash, has moved into the parsonage, thus forcing the rector's widow from her home. Yet the handsome earl who has pledged his life to the church proves to be difficult to despise . . . or to resist. For beneath the quiet garb of the cleric beats the passionate heart of a man who yearns for love.