Valentine's Day was the one day of the year that Miss Tia Hilton, daughter of the Countess of Walmsley, allowed herself to daydream of love. For some years before, she had placed herself on the shelf. Free-spirited and independently wealthy, she had devoted her life to making matches – for other couples in the ton. With her celebrated Valentine's Ball only hours away, she simply had to stop being so sentimental about romance . . . and set about finding the perfect wife for her distant cousin, Robert.
Robert, Viscount Bainbridge, didn't want the perfect wife – he wanted Tia. He had been her childhood playmate and devoted friend. Now he wanted to be her Valentine, to set her a-tingle, to sweep her into his arms. Somehow he had to find a way to dazzle her. Then Fate, with assistance from Cupid, provided the chance. With a dastardly kidnapping plot that had Tia as its target, intrigue was waltzing its way into her Ball, along with a Valentine villain who could place her in dire danger . . . unless an unlikely hero not only saved her life, but stole her heart!