- Author: Joan Johnston
- Publisher: Island
- Year: February 1999 (ISBN 0-440-23470-0)
- Setting: Regency England
- Amazon Listing: The Bridegroom
She was the reigning belle of the ton for the fourth Season in a row, but Lady Regina Wharton, the Duke of Blackthorne's daughter, was determined to avoid the perils of marriage. She had already seen enough to distrust all men. Then Clay Bannister, the dashing Earl of Carlisle, dared to steal a kiss and stir new and exciting desires. Scarred by tragedy, Carlisle intrigued her with his mysterious past and his dark, dangerous charm. She never suspected she was about to marry her father's most vengeful enemy - or that her greatest defence would be the passions he could not resist...
- #4 of the Captive Hearts series.