When Vanessa Damery's dashing husband, Frederick, fell in battle, Vanessa locked all thoughts of romance out of her life. She could not afford to divert energies already devoted to raising two fatherless small children, saving a huge estate from bankruptcy, and protecting her children's legacy from the swarm of in-laws who descended like vultures prepared for an endless feast.
Then out of the blue, Frederick's closest friend, the infuriatingly arrogant Earl of Alvescot, arrived — with the clear intention of taking command of Vanessa's affairs and Vanessa herself. But his expectation of instant gratitude turned to sudden shock as this very determined young widow decided any ruse was proper in her war of independence against a man who came to conquer!
James, Earl of Alvescot and Mrs. Vanessa Damery