In Defense of Virtue . . . Miss Emily Howland's prime duty as companion to her cousin, Lady Georgians Chilworth, was to assure the preservation of her charge's virtue. For not only was Georgians society's most exquisite beauty; she was woefully innocent of the wiles of the men who swarmed around her.
The most devilishly seductive of these was Lord Edward Laurence. There was only one way for Emily to stop him from making Georgians his prey. That was to place herself in his path of conquest . . . even if it meant throwing herself into his arms -- a diversion of desire that would be most difficult for her to accomplish . . . and most dangerous for her if she did.