She has a year to make him love her ... Isabel MacDonald agrees to a handfast marriage with Rory MacLeod, her clan's bitterest enemy in order to end a deadly feud. But the handfast is only a cover to gain her access to his castle--and with a little seduction, his heart. But her treacherous plans are immediately tested by the fearsome Rory, a powerful Highland chief who embodies everything she admires. Soon Isabel has found the place in the family she's always dreamed of with the man she must betray, and her only hope of happiness is to escape her own dangerous web of lies. Keep your friends close and your enemies closer ... Rory's duty as Chief of Clan MacLeod is clear: He'll obey the king's directive to handfast with the MacDonald lass--but under his own terms. As a handfast is only required for a year, at that point Rory plans to return this unwanted handfast bride to her family and forge a different marriage alliance. But his plan to keep his distance from his unwanted bride is challenged by the beautiful seductive siren who proves impossible to ignore. And when he catches her snooping and removes her to his bed to watch over her, Rory finds himself wishing that the year would never end.