A year after marrying his wife—a commoner—to regain an estate he gambled away, Damian, Earl of Windermere, is surprised to find himself drawn to the accomplished beauty he married.
After Damian lost Beaulieu on his 21st birthday, he completely changed his life, giving up the wild ways he’d adopted at Oxford. He pursued a life in the diplomatic service, distancing himself from his college friends and becoming increasingly estranged from his former best friend, Julian, who had since inherited a dukedom as well as the town house next to his own in London. Then, six years later, he married Cynthia, whose uncle held the deed to Beaulieu and refused to sell, practically blackmailing Damian into the marriage in order to tie his family to a title. Returning to London after a yearlong posting in Persia he accepted immediately after his wedding, Damian is shocked to discover that the backward, dowdy wife he left in the country has blossomed into a fashionable London lady he’s proud to call his own. Unfortunately, she also seems to have taken up with his old circle of friends, and rumor has it she's involved with Julian. Lady Cynthia has a number of secrets, but she's not involved with Julian beyond friendship, and while she and Damian seem to be growing closer, his insistence that she apologize for an affair she didn't have is infuriating. Of course, his lack of trust in her makes it more difficult to divulge her other subterfuges, as well. Then there’s the matter of Damian’s job, his ex-mistress, his sinister mentor and his inability to embrace aspects of his past that brought him joy. Is it possible that if Cynthia helps him face his past and become more aligned with his true nature, they might find lasting love?
A smart, witty and emotionally dense love story that explores friendship and trust along its passionate and compelling journey.