Miss Joan Chadwick was not swept off her feet by the good looks of Lord Humphrey Dewesbury. Nor was Lord Humphrey intoxicated by the charms of the modest vicars daughter. Instead, Lord Humphrey was affected by alcohol, not amour. And Joan lost her footing dodging the carriage he was drunkenly driving. But if this totally mismatched pair came together by accident, what happened next was on purpose, as the lord made Joan a proposal that was unthinkable to accept and impossible to refuse, to become a pawn in a marriage game that promised her everything except true love.