Tess is a spy with the Foreign, first accused of robbery and swindling and then murder. Heath, a childhood friend, is now a barrister for the crown and must decide if she is innocent or guilty. Neither knows the others secrets and they may interfere desperately with the growing attraction between the two. Heath's fiancé might have a problem with it also.
Heath Bartlett doesn't want to believe that his childhood friend had any part in the dastardly crime he's investigatingbut the bewitching, intoxicating beauty is certainly hiding something. And he will do whatever necessary to uncover the truth.
The ton sees her merely as the castoff of a disreputable rake. In truth, Lady Tess Golding is protecting her own secret, so she dares not surrender to Heath's intimate temptationseven though, when Heath comes within arm's reach of Tess, passions flare. Despite that the danger to the Crown is too great, and the threat to their vulnerable hearts even greater . . . when a passion this heated is unleashed, sometimes even the strongest must submit.