He must be wealthy, wellborn, and want her more than he wants any other woman. Those are the conditions that must be met by the man Cassandra Belmont chooses for her lover. Marriage is out of the question for the destitute widow who stands accused of murdering her husband and must now barter her beauty in order to survive. With seduction in mind, she sets her sights on Stephen Huxtable, the irresistibly attractive Earl of Merton and London's most eligible bachelor.
But Stephen's first intriguing glimpse of the mysterious, alluring Lady Paget convinces him that he has found the ideal woman to share his bed. There is only one caveat. This relationship fuelled by mutual pleasure must be on his terms.
As the two warily circle each other in a sensual dance of attack and retreat, a single night of passion alters all the rules. Cassandra, whose reputation is already in tatters, is now in danger of losing the one thing she vowed never to give. And Stephen, who wants Cassandra more than he has ever wanted any woman, won't rest until she has surrendered everything—not as his mistress—but as his lover and wife...
Banida, desamparada, e marcada como uma assassina, Cassandra Belmont, Lady Paget, chega a Londres, em plena regência, determinada a vencer a reputação que a havia precedido, a fim de encontrar um cavalheiro rico para poder retornar à vida extravagante que estava acostumada.
Ela põe os olhos em Stephen Huxtable, Conde de Merton, um homem com possibilidades e com aparência angelical, ela não pode resistir.
Intrigado com o charme de Cassandra, Stephen aceita em convertê-la sua amante.
Mas, apesar de sua aparência e charme, Stephen não é nenhum anjo, e Cassandra vai logo perceber que tem que pagar um preço por tentar seduzir um.