Georgia Langdon and Ellery Bentham, the Duke of Rochester, grew up on adjoining estates, confidantes and close friends. Ellery always intended that she would become his duchess and so feels hurt and insanely jealous when she marries his cousin David instead of him. When David is killed at Waterloo, Ellery blames himself for not taking better care of him during the heat of battle. Unable to face Georgia, he avoids her until his younger cousin Gerald disappears days before he is due to marry Imogen, Georgia’s sister.
Forced to put aside their differences and concentrate upon finding Gerald, Georgia is still inexplicably drawn to Ellery. When she is physically attacked, Ellery insists upon her residing beneath his roof until they get to the bottom of Gerald’s disappearance. But the more they find out about Gerald’s secret life, the more complex the situation becomes. Matters are not helped by the fierce physical attraction that they struggle to deny. But Georgia rejected Ellery in his hour of need. Can he forgive her, or ever trust her again? Georgia had compelling reasons to turn away from Ellery. Reasons she won’t ever embarrass herself by revealing. Will she?
And what of Gerald and the disreputable rogues he’s embroiled with? Can there be a way out for any of them…