Master Of Paradise by Virginia Henley
Approx. 116,500 words.
Published on November 14, 2011.
When Nicholas Peacock is cheated of his English inheritance, he sails to Charleston, buys and clears land to plant cotton. Eventually he builds a mansion known as Paradise Plantation.
When Civil War threatens, circumsances force him to accept a marriage in name only. The sexual tension stretches to breaking point as the would-be lovers are torn between honor or surrendering to love.