A curse or a second chance for love? Returning from the Peninsular war disillusioned both by men's violence and the infidelity of women, Major Anthony Sheridan challenges a man he suspects of murder to a duel. He's not interested in the tale of the cursed pistols—weapons that will reportedly bring the winner true love. He gave up on love when his fiancée betrayed him by marring another man while he lay bleeding on a Spanish battlefield. Yet a chance encounter with the now-widowed Felicity Merriwether arouses in Tony a desire he'd vowed never to feel again... As far as Felicity Merriwether is concerned, Tony abandoned her and left her pregnant with his child, a child badly treated by the unkind older man who married Felicity in her time of need. When Tony shows up again like a bad penny, she finds the flames of her desire were never extinguished. She wishes to be far, far away from his devastating charm, but how can she deny her son a relationship with his father?