SHY BRIDE . . . Penelope Mathews had spent her entire adolescence worshipping the elusive C.C. Tremayne - from afar. Until one night, trying to protect the mysterious loner from his once yearly bender before he landed in a Mexican jail, Pepi was forced to seek refuge in a wedding chapel - and wound up going one step further by emerging as Mrs. Connal Cade Tremayne!
When C.C. sobered up, he was outraged - the last thing he needed was a shy virgin on his hands. The marriage was off; he'd see to an annulment immediately. Or so he thought - until he realized that Pepi was on the verge of womanhood . . . and who better than he to carry her across that threshold?