The people of Alderwood, including young, lovely Lady Mary, got nothing but abuse from their last lord, Sir Benwyck of Cryll. When the King grants the estate to Sir Philip, they expect no better treatment from him, and they're determined to see him gone—the sooner the better.
When Philip is finally forced to assert his control over the manor and its inhabitants, he gets a shocking surprise. Lady Mary, daughter of the previous lord, finds herself intrigued by the handsome knight. His offer of marriage stuns her and she hates having to refuse him, but she doesn't believe she can be a true wife to him.
Philip's got one year to show Mary the pleasures of sex to win her as his bride, to bind her with his passion…
Series description: The Passions stories are a series of loosely related Medieval historical romances that include strong BDSM and Domestic Discipline themes. The heroes are alpha and dominant but the heroines are also strong women in their own right. The first in the series is a romantic short story. The others are full-length novels.