Convinced that Lucy Percy was a mere fortune hunter throwing her cap at his twit of a nephew, Tony Carlton, Lord Avedon was trying to buy her off--with his own charms! The whole charade had begun when Lucy fell in love with a man who merely cherished her fortune. Posing as a widow of modest means to avoid other money-hungry scoundrels, she left the tattlebaskets of London for the gentry of Kent. And though she didn't encourage Tony Carlton's puppy love, she had half a mind to marry him just to teach Adrian Avedon a lesson! And surely her pounding heart and weak knees were the product of her outrage at Avedon's schemes to be rid of her, not anything as unspeakable as love...?