Jacob Winters, Earl of Hawthorne, is a handsome, quick-tempered rake who never beds the same woman twice. The last thing he needs is a snotty, scandalous, nineteen-year-old ward. His ward, having lived her whole life in India, is ignorant of the customs in London society. If he is to give Harriet (his ward) a proper come-out, he'll need the help of his childhood friend, Emily Hughes.
Emily Hughes is about to experience her first Season--at the age of twenty-four. She befriended Jacob during one summer ten years ago--and she never forgot him. She loves him, fantasizes about him, and hopes he shares her feelings. When he foists his beautiful, exotic (and hateful) ward on her, everything changes. Not only must Emily share her Season, but her plans to win Jacob's heart have been thwarted.