Louisa Beckenham had never been so humiliated in all her twenty-five years. Her brother could only marry beautiful, cold as ice Gwendolyn Fortescue on one condition; Louisa must be wedded and gone from Marleybourne Court. After all, a house could not have two mistresses. But now, with a pompous vicar, a fish faced fop and an aging libertine as her only prospects, Louisa was well and truly at her wits end. Enter rakish gamester James Morrison, just in time to rescue Louisa from an overturned coach and a disastrous match. A scandalously seductive scoundrel, Morrison sent Louisa flowers bound by a silk stocking and showering her with kisses that proper London society would deem most improper. But Louisa had made her choice. Wed her irresistible suitor she would, even if she must propose to him herself.
I was very pleased with the plot of the story -- at first glance it appears as if the heroine is the diamond. unfortunately she is a minipulator and a murder. She has help and the it takes awhike to figure it out. Set during the Regency peroid it uses the morals and "rules of the ton" to cast her lures.