Georgia Langdon grew up on the estate that bordered that of Ellery Bentham, the Duke of Rochester. As children they were confidantes and close friends, and Ellery always intended that she would become his duchess. When she marries his cousin David instead of him, Ellery is hurt and insanely jealous—but 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 suddenly disappears a few days before he is due to marry Georgia’s sister Imogen.
Forced to put aside their differences and concentrate upon finding Gerald, Georgia discovers that she is still inexplicably drawn to Ellery. When she is ambushed on the way to his home, Ellery insists that she stay beneath his roof under his protection until they get to the bottom of Gerald’s disappearance. The situation becomes more complex as they discover more about Gerald’s secret life, and matters are not helped by the fierce physical attraction that they both struggle to deny. But Georgia rejected Ellery in favour of his cousin. 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—or will she?
And what of Gerald and the disreputable rogues he’s got himself involved with? Will there be a way out for any of them…