The Marquess of Torvelle was in a lather. And all because Mandalee Ashton had told her mama a little white lie: that Torvelle, the most notorious rake in the ton, had compromised her. In truth, she and he had never even met. But, to save her sister Constance from ruin, Mandalee had claimed that it was she and not Constance, who had been in the garden with a lover. After all, how could a scandal hurt a confirmed spinster like Mandalee?
And why would a rogue like Torvelle notice such an insignificant blot on his not-so-sterling reputation? How was Mandalee to know that Torvelle had been trying to convince the ton he was reformed! So she proposed a mock engagement. Torvelle would act the perfect gentleman, and she would play the adventuress . . . and jilt him! Now the Marquess had to teach Mandalee about kisses and champagne, card playing and seduction. And Mandalee had to teach her heart not to break – for she was falling scandalously in love!