To win a knight's protection. When Gilan, Comte de Cormeilles, dodges an arrow aimed straight for his head, the last person he expects to be holding the bow is a beautiful, courageous woman...Despite her innocence, Matilda of Lilleshall is no simpering maiden. She'll stop at nothing to protect her land. Believing he'll never again feel anything but guilt after his brother's death, Gilan must now confront the undeniable desire Matilda incites. Can he throw off his past and fight to become the champion she needs?