Hester Perceval's debut into London society six years ago caused such a scandal that she had to come home to Steepwood in disgrace. Hester learnt the hard way that men look for pretty faces, not stirring discussion and debate. Now, living quietly with her books, she is accepting of her life as a spinster. The last thing she wants is to accompany her family to London for another Season. She fears what she will do if she comes face to face with Robert, Lord Dungarran, again - just when she's mastered her riotous emotions for him. Because, shamefully, he played a part in her humiliating downfall . . .