PURELY PASSION As an innocent girl, Madeline Sedgewick learned that nothing comes without a priceâ€”even desire. Five years later, now widowed and deeply in debt, sheâ€™s certain that the stranger who bought her last husbandâ€™s notes of credit will demand swift, steep repayment. But she never imagines her creditor will be Brock Taylor, her baseborn former stable-hand turned newly wealthy entrepreneurâ€”the man who stole her virginity and her heart. Sheâ€™s even more stunned when he says that heâ€™ll forgive her debts only if she becomes his wife. Brockâ€™s memories of their parting are no less bitter than Maddieâ€™s, and his plans for their future are hardly a rekindling of their blissful first love. But seeing Maddie againâ€”just as spirited, strong, and beautiful as everâ€”reawakens a desire he thought long dead. When she refuses his proposal, they strike a dangerous wager, with Brockâ€™s self-made fortune and Maddieâ€™s treasured independence at stake. Itâ€™s a wager only one of them can winâ€”as long as they resist the otherâ€™s passionate seduction . . . and falling in love again.