An unassuming wallflower who longs to be free of her brother’s control ...

Lady Violet Gardner accompanies her brother to a house party looking for a husband. Though she would like to marry for love, she resigns herself to marrying a man of her brother’s choice so she can escape his authority. Then she meets the man who captures her heart, leading her to rethink what’s most important to her. She dreams of being his wife but does not realize that her brother has gambled and lost her dowry to a despicable rake whom she must marry instead.

A wealthy cynic who doesn’t believe in the premise of love ...

John Richmond, Viscount Pennyroyal—or Pen as he is known—is living a life of carefree abandon. Born to be entertained, he seeks only to be amused until his deeds indirectly lead to the downfall of an innocent victim. To assuage his long-suppressed conscience, he wagers a fortune to save her from the clutches of two wicked men. Although he will marry her, he will not allow himself to fall in love with her.

Can she turn his cynical heart around?

Playful correspondence between Pen and Violet leads to mutual attraction. Can she melt his frozen heart with her gentle charm? Will he lose his resolve and fall in love with her? Or will the truth about his offer to marry her drive her away?