Edward knew he was a lost cause. While on the outside, he had the wealth, the connections, and the prestige everyone dreamed about, but he knew he was trapped in a gilded cage. He stayed under his ruthless mother’s thumb out of desperation since her formidable reputation preserved the little freedom he had left thanks to a mistake in his past that waited to destroy him if he made any wrong moves.
Then he meets Elinor—who couldn’t be more perfect for him. He finally had a taste of what happiness could be like. But if he dared to encourage a relationship, he would only be putting her in danger. He had to keep her as far away from him as possible no matter how much his heart said otherwise.