In the repressive world of Victorian England, two men find freedom where love meets pain.
Percy has loved Lord Hatton ever since coming to live at Hatton Park. Knowing his feelings can never be returned, he has tried to forget the tall, muscular blond who haunts his fantasies. A life at the fringes of society is all Percy can hope for—marriage is impossible. But not for Hatton. Percy fears he’ll have to leave the comfort and security of the estate he thinks of as home—he cannot endure seeing the man he loves with another.
Hatton must produce an heir, but the thought fills him with dread. Worse, he must live every day with his late father’s ward—Percy, the gentle, dark-haired man who brings grace and beauty to the wilds of Hatton Park. The attraction builds between them, but becoming lovers would mean risking imprisonment. Hatton won’t take that chance. He must find a wife in order to protect Percy.
But when Percy is threatened, Hatton’s protective instincts explode. He can deny his feelings no longer. Percy submits to Hatton’s desire for dominance, and Hatton knows he’s found enduring love. Can they live together peacefully in a society that threatens to destroy them? Or must they go their separate ways for their own preservation?