Miss Belinda Howard harbors a secret. She intends to do two things before settling into a dreary and unfulfilling marriage to the man her father has chosen for her: to inveigle a goodly amount of money for her orphans from a man of means, and to make love with a rake. In no particular order, but it seemed practical to obtain both from the same man. A likely prospect is Lord Hawkestone, a viscount with a scandalous reputation, who gained Belinda’s interest after they danced together at a ball. Were all the rumors about him true? Did he kill a man in a duel? Had an attempt been made on his life?
Derrick, Lord Hawkestone, bored and mistrustful, came in answer to Belinda’s entreaty, expecting to seduce a willing lady.
Neither could imagine how circumstances would force their goals to change.