Affectionately known as ‘Dare’ ― Darian Challon is a man with a lot of things to prove in this world. All his life he’s carried the stigma of being the bastard son of Michael Challon, the one son born of a common serving girl. For his whole life he stood in the shadow of his powerful half-brother, Julian, earl to several earldoms and once the champion of Edward Plantagenet. While he loves his brother and never was jealous of position in this world, Darian needs to be his own man, to find that sense of self-worth lacking in his life. His chance finally comes when Julian sends him to take the holding belonging to Lady Catrin Benntyne. His time has finally come, and only one thing is standing in his way―a fiery redhead with amber eyes.
Lady Catrin Benntyne is less than pleased with the coming of this English warrior. She has no choice but to turn over command of her fortress to his keeping, but she vows he will never have her. Betrothed at birth to a man she had soon hoped to marry, she is devastated to learn he died in the battle at Sterling. Not even given a chance to grieve, she is forced to accept Darian Challon as her lord, but will never accept Julian Challon’s order that they marry.
Against the war torn landscape of Scotland, they must fight a battle of their own. Only Darian is a man who will dare anything to win what he wants.