The follow-up to Beyond Innocence...although you don't have to read the first in order to get the second, there's just a few people who carry over in minor supporting roles.
Merry Vance thought she was in love with Edward Burbrooke (from Beyond Innocence), but when he up and married Florence Fairleigh, she decided that marriage was not for her. She spent the next few years spurning the advances of several suitors much to the chagrin of her parents. Finally fed up, her parents gave her an ultimatum...get married or else!
So Merry had no choice but to come up with something so scandalous that no man would want to marry her. She decided to pose nude for Nicolas Craven, London's most famous artist, and a notorious rogue. In Victorian London, no man in his right mind would want to marry her after that.
While painting his latest model, Nicolas becomes enamored with her plain beauty and devises ways to keep her around longer than necessary. Eventually, they become lovers and Merry falls madly in love with her artist, but...
He's made a vow never to marry, which breaks Merry's heart because she's had a change of heart and wants desperately to be Nicolas' wife. Read on to find out if she settles for being his scandalous mistress or is she's able to make him see the prize he has living under his roof.
this is the paperback version :)