Beautiful young Clarisse Vaughn was born into scandal. The product of an affair between a duke and a disgraced governess, she has been raised in the slums of London and under the stigma of being a bastard child. Headstrong and independent despite everything, she is determined to never let any man hold her heart - or body-captive.
Brett Mason is an American gambler and marksman, known not just for his skill with a gun and luck at the cards, but also for his dashing good looks. After a decidedly fortunate winning streak and an affair with the mistress of a particularly powerful man sends him hot-footing it down a seedy street in London, he runs through the first open door he sees, and right into Clarissa.
When two desperate people strike a bargain of convenience, there's bound to be trouble, and it is not long before Clarissa realizes she is in far over her head with Brett. He is charming, as well as an accomplished liar. Brett is equally sure he's in for trouble, as well. There is something about the lovely woman with the wild mane of hair and quick temper that makes him want to bend her over his knee and give her a good, thorough spanking. Regularly.
The two set out for an epic adventure, leaving England for the United States, raising eyebrows and making love all along the way. Can a man determined never to know heartache and a woman determined to belong to no one but herself surrender to a love that, while unusual, is the one they both really want?
Miranda's a college student with a sassy attitude and too much time on her hands. Jason's highly educated in the science of baseball. He's an assistant coach, used to guiding young people in the right direction. Well, Miranda sure could use some direction. He takes her in hand with a trip over his knee, and little by little, they fall in love. Will Jason's busy career and Miranda's saucy mouth derail their relationship, or can Jason pull it back so they can live happily ever after?