First, Nell Hetherington was rudely awakened in the middle of the night by an intruder looming over her bed! Then, the cad had the gall to chastise her for screaming. Worse yet, she knew the rogue! He was the Marquis of Ellsworth, who had served with her father. Indeed, the blue-eyed rake had been the hero of her girlhood dreams.
After a long absence, he had returned to London to surprise his mistress, Josephine - only to find Nell in Josephine's bed. Ellsworth did not know that the tawny-haired beauty had inherited half the house, and hoped to buy the rest to start a school for young ladies. Nell did not know that the devilish marquis owned the other half of her house. Nor did she dream that she would soon battle him for her future . . . and her heart.