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Vengeance fuels wealthy mogul Lucian Rollins’ quest to erase his father’s stain on the family name. He pulls ruthless strings to build an unassailable empire, convinced that money and power provide his only refuge from past threats. However, the feisty small-town librarian Sloane Walton keeps this lone wolf up at night.
Sloane is a spitfire seeking justice for mysteries surrounding her own father’s downfall. An old secret bonds her to Lucian, though she distrusts the arrogant playboy. But when their constant bickering unexpectedly leads to steamy passion, neither regrets their fiery one-night stand.
Just as their sparks reignite into something deeper, a impasse looms. Sloane yearns for marriage and motherhood while Lucian recoils from commitment. Haunted by a broken past, he believes he must shield Sloane by cutting ties. Yet abandoning her leaves Sloane vulnerable to new dangers.
After Lucian’s harsh exit, Sloane vows he won’t get a third chance to break her heart. But fated to intertwine, Lucian must seize the opportunity on his own to unravel the past, rekindle Sloane’s wounded spirit, and build the elusive bridge from solitude to trust.