Knowledge of a dark family secret had forced Tressa Devlin out of her wealthy home and into work as a paid companion to aging dowagers. Moving from post to post to support herself, Tressa had no time for life's pleasures-until she met the Marquess of Braxton. Hoping to experience love, even for a moment, Tressa succumbed to the handsome man who roused her desire.
Charming and rich, the Marquess of Braxton was accustomed to indulging his passions. So when he encountered the lovely Tressa, he was determined to have her. But what began as a mere dalliance soon turned into a dilemma of the heart, for as Braxton confronted his true desire, Tressa's past threatened to take her away from him, forever.
Tressa Devlin is hiding from her villainous uncle in the house of a man she's never met. When Hannibal, the owner of the house, comes home, he finds a strange household set up, complete with nicknames like Miss Sweet-as-Pie (Doro), Miss Dearie-Dear (Tressa), and Mr. Wrong (Hannibal's cousin Robert). Hannibal is immediately attracted to Tressa who is so secretive it takes a while before he even knows her name. She fights her attraction to him while he first opposes and then approves his cousin's marriage to Doro. But Tressa still has secrets-- secrets that she can't tell for fear of endangering Hannibal's life. And secrets eventually catch up with everyone. A fresh writing style and intriguing characters liven up this tale.