A fatal duel leaves Victoria Torrington destitute and at the mercy of a well-known rake, Simon St. John, Earl of Travis. Known as Satan to the ton, the earl has a past shadowed by secrets and a reputation for the luck of the Devil. To Victoria's surprise, he declares she must select a bridegroom by the end of the London Season or he will choose one for her.
Tired of irresponsible males dictating her life, Victoria refuses to acknowledge the earl's high-handed edict and disputes his authority. Thrown into close proximity in the whirl of London's haute monde, the couple denies a growing attraction to little effect.
Beneath the earl's chilly exterior, Victoria senses an honourable and caring spirit. She can't resist his sensual allure when he drops his guard. For all Victoria's seeming innocence, Simon knows the full extent of feminine wiles. No woman will ever use or abuse him again, no matter how beautiful or alluring she is, and no matter how much light she brings to his dark world.
Together they face an enemy armed with the secrets of Simon's past. Will Victoria's determination thaw a heart frozen by betrayal bring them happiness and love, or will her attempt to rescue him from the sins of his youth bring them both to ruin?
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