A gentleman who masks his emotions
A lady who pretends to be something she’s not
Secret desires…secret pleasures
And a love to reveal both their hearts
Left destitute and ruined, Marianne Ellsworth has one option left. She has to become a courtesan to keep her family safe. Their future depends on her younger sister marrying a rich man, and the money Marianne makes allows them to circulate in London society. As the great-granddaughter of an earl, she knows full well that society will turn on them should her secret be revealed.
Marcus Lacey, the Earl of Lacey, must wed soon to satisfy his father's will. Though considered cold and reserved, he is captivated by the woman purchased for his pleasure. Unable to think of her with another man, he pays for her exclusivity through the Season.
Marianne struggles to maintain her masquerade, avoiding Marcus in company even as she is losing her heart to him. Marcus is falling for his mistress, charmed by her grace and warmth as well as her sensuality. He craves her, heart and soul, but must bow to his obligations by the Season’s end.
Will Marcus cast her aside if he discovers her deception?
Or will he keep her secret along with her heart?