Lady Nancy is an intelligent and opinionated woman in a world where women are expected to do nothing but marry and produce children. Her rebellion and refusal to conform results in a betrothal to the last man she ever expected; the Earl of Ashworth. The Earl is a man who ridicules her and puts her in her place whenever she dares to speak about any subject considered to be strictly male territory. It would be easy to hate him... if she wasn't so attracted to him.
Her best friend, Miss Julia Fielding, is not the least bit hesitant in assisting Nancy in her quest to divest herself of her unwanted fiance. After all, she's been in love with Lord Ashworth for the longest time. As plots are conceived, Nancy begins to wonder if she truly wants any of them to succeed. The moment the man she is constantly reminding herself she loathes slides an engagement ring onto her finger, her world is flipped upside down.
Will Thomas Ashworth join in the impossible schemes to ensure his own friend, Victor Townson, captures his true love, or will the entire plan explode in everyone's faces? Lord knows he is attracted to the feisty woman, but he never expected that he'd also feel the need to gain her approval. He resolves to do all he can to show her that he is not a man to be trifled with - even if that includes tipping her across his knees for a spanking.
Can the four of them survive an impossible mission full of mischief? What happens when the games end and the reality of unrequited love is faced?
Melanie's life has been full of heartache ever since her mother's death, and it only gets worse once her father remarries. Geraldine is the epitome of an evil stepmother. Though Melanie detests the woman, she loves her two siblings and becomes a surrogate mother that Jesse and Jessica adore.
Geraldine's next plan, however, is one that even Melanie could never predict. On the day on which two strangers appear to take custody of their newest possession, Melanie learns the depth of her her stepmother's hatred as she is sold to slave traders. Standing on an auction block in a strange country, Melanie finds herself sold to the highest bidder, who is quite anxious to claim his prize. Managing to escape, Melanie's choice of a hiding place changes her life.
Christopher Ashworth and his best friend, Nicolas, have spent several enjoyable nights at the White Palace. Neither has any reason not to sample the wide variety of delights offered by the whores, who are all eager to please. Upon hearing that there is to be a slave auction, however, they are disgusted, and Christopher climbs into his carriage, ready to return home and resume his duties as Earl. He never expected to discover a stowaway.
Melanie awakens naked and in bed beside a total stranger. This was not the man who had purchased her. The two have an instant connection, and yet trust is not something that is given easily. Love is something Christopher has an even harder time accepting. The lessons he learned from his grandparents, Earl Thomas Ashworth and his feisty wife, Nancy, have taught him how to be an Earl but that no longer seems to be enough.
Can Melanie show him that he is worthy to receive the gift of her love? Will Christopher's promise of helping her find her siblings and bring them to her come true? Or will the stress of keeping secrets tear them apart? What happens when Christopher's demons convince him that Melanie is using him? Will his temper drive her so far away that there is no path back?