Henry Ashton, the Marquess of Mandeville, knows precisely what he needs in a wife: a docile, conventional female from a wealthy, powerful family to further his political aspirations. Certainly a gentleman of his stature can take his pick, so why is he so irresistibly drawn to Lucy Abbington, the most remarkably unconventional woman he’s ever met? Her wish to become—of all things—a veterinarian, not to mention her outspoken nature and lack of connections, make her most unsuitable for his courtship, though deliciously suitable for his bed. Their attraction is unleashed in a kiss that promises temptation…and trouble.
In spite of her boredom with the ton and its fripperies, Lucy is a smashing success in her first Season—receiving cards and bouquets, invitations to dance and even to marry. A fight breaks out over her at the opera, she nearly loses her virtue in the back of a carriage…yet the one man she does want offers only dangerous passion. She is determined to resist the arrogant, infuriating Mandeville—but can her lips say ‘no’ while her heart says ‘yes’?