Left wounded in body and spirit after the Battle of Waterloo, Colonel Gavin Romney vows he will return to arms and make certain Napoleon Bonaparte never wages war again. The only thing standing in his way is Hannah Fletcher, his children’s formidable governess. Clever, capable Hannah cannot bear the thought of her three motherless charges being orphaned entirely, as she once was. She wants Gavin to give up his military career, the only thing he’s ever been good at, and focus instead on the daunting task of becoming a devoted father. Though the earl and the governess have never much liked one another, Hannah nurses Gavin back to health and supports his first tentative efforts to bond with his children. As they become better acquainted, her feelings for him begin to change in ways that threaten her heart and her conscience. Meanwhile Gavin fears his growing affection for his children, and their governess, could lead him to forget his duty. When he offers an impulsive proposal, will it only be a marriage of convenience for the sake of his children, as Hannah fears? Or can a wounded warrior become her knight in shining armor?