It's her wedding day and there is no groom in sight. But why should Amelia Brice be surprised? Hiram, Lord Friar is known for having no gentleman's honor to speak of and his jilting her on their wedding day makes it official.
Elijah Banks cannot allow his childhood friend to continue to be shamed this way. It's more than an hour past the time the wedding was to start, and that bounder still hasn't shown up. Unable to sit still a second longer, Elijah does the only thing that seems logical from where he stands: kidnap the bride and take her to Gretna Green in order to escape this scandal with one far more forgiving for a young lady's reputation.
So then why does his new bride seem angry with him and rebuff his advances?
Elijah is the gentleman she'd always hoped to marry, but though he was merely the third son of a baron and she the daughter of an earl, she'd never felt worthy of someone like him. Especially now. Try as she might, she cannot find the words to tell him of her situation and ruin the good fortune that has befallen her, but neither can she keep the truth from him.
But when Lord Friar threatens to reveal her secret, it's up to Elijah to save her from public humiliation once more by revealing a few of his own...