As the daughter of the chief, Marion McEwan has no say in who her husband will be—a troublesome fact when the one man she doesn’t wish to marry, her awful cousin Simon, is the leading contender for her hand. So when Marion’s father hosts a gathering for the purpose of choosing her husband, she welcomes the broader selection. He invites a few select men—her cousin included—to participate in a series of contests to test their strength, fortitude, and worthiness. The victor will win her hand in marriage. Marion’s plan? Do whatever she must to steer the outcome of the games away from what seems a terrible fate.
When Cormac McEwan receives a summons from his chief, he has no choice but to report to Castle Moraigh right away. Unmarried and with little to his name, it comes as a pleasant surprise to learn that he’s been thrown in the running to marry the chief’s daughter. Win the place as Marion’s husband, and Cormac would be set, his family taken care of—his sister protected. The only problem? Someone doesn’t want to play fair, and they seem bent on making certain that Cormac doesn’t make it out of Castle Moraigh alive.
Facing a common enemy, Marion and Cormac find themselves working together. But can they rig the games and keep Cormac safe? Or will Marion find herself married to a brute?