When Elliot Reed offered a one-year contract marriage, I accepted it. Jobless, with a younger sister to provide for, I didn't have much of a choice even though I found him insufferably arrogant and too attractive for my own good. But somewhere along the way, our terms seemed to have altered. Now Elliot wants a fresh start, and I agree. I would like a peaceful marriage--even if it's fake, and even if it's only for a year. Despite our commitment, the ugly baggage we carry gets in the way. He demands nothing less than full openness, and I can't leave my heart vulnerable to a man who may turn his back on me if he discovers my secrets. As our pasts collide, his enemies become mine, and mine become his. Unless we can overcome our fear and mutual distrust, our fresh start is doomed... Note: This is the second part of a three book-long story featuring Elliot and Annabelle.