Leana sank into a curtsy, thinking to put their relationship on the proper footing. 'I will make myself useful in the kitchen, dear cousin.' Jamie placed his hand under her chin, slowly lifting her face until they were poised a heandbreadth apart. 'Cousin?' he said, his voice rough with emotion. 'Nae, lass. It can never be that way with us.' Haunted by a shameful past and wrestling with an uncertain future, Jamie McKie vows to return to his ancestral home of Glentrool and claim his inheritance--a daring venture that will test the depth of his courage and the strength of his sword. But who will travel with him, when two women each stake a worth claim on his affections? Tender, gentle Leana is the mother of his firstborn; her spirited younger sister, Rose, is expecting his second child. Honor and duty prevail as prodigal hero prepares to fight for all he holds dear.