A widow known for her scientific scholarship, Lady Ciara Sheffield is shadowed by rumors that she poisoned her husband. A rogue notorious for his rakehell antics, the Earl of Hadley is not accused of murdering anything -- save for the rules of Polite Society. The only thing they have in common is seeing their names in the gossip columns of London's newspapers. Or is it?
Ciara needs a titled fiance to quell the slanderous speculations that may send her to the gallows. Hadley needs a brilliant scholar to decipher a mysterious manuscript in his possession. They-agree on a temporary alliance. And so begins a seductive dance of sinful pleasures and hidden desires as they waltz through the mansions of Mayfair . . . with red-hot passion -- and danger -- at every turn.