The Star-crossed Bride
The Fensters were like many other proper Victorian families -- in every way but one. Ignoring the grim convention that one married for wealth and title, these spirited siblings followed their hearts...and vowed to wed only for love.
Three years ago, Valentine Fenster had tried to elope with Emily Weatherley, his heart's true love. Unfortunately, their plans were thwarted and Valentine, having compromised Emily's reputation, was forced to agree never to pursue her again. But when he learns that her title-conscious parents have betrothed her to an aging marquis who is an abuser of women, Valentine knows he can no longer stand aside. His passionate longing for Emily and his desire to protect her leads him back to her arms. And yet, because there remains his solemn promise to stay away from her, Valentine knows he cannot make Emily his bride. Still, some promises are made to be broken.