From her first encounter with the Marquis of Penderleigh when he had mistaken her for a common trollop, Penelope had been incensed with the darkly handsome lord. And even though he offered the hospitality of Pender Castle when Penelope's guardian uncle was suddenly taken ill, it hardly made up for his insufferable air of superiority in all things. Meanwhile, as long as they were living under the same roof, she wondered just how far she could go in provoking his wrath - without burning her own fingers in the fire behind those cool eyes of his...
Miss Penelope Larchmont was undoubtedly the most outspoken young lady Penderleigh had ever known. Small wonder, in view of the shocking freedoms her guardian had allowed her during their years abroad. It was high time someone saw to it that the mischievous chit was safely married off. And Penderleigh determined to do exactly that, before he strangled his lovely young houseguest - or gave in to temptation in even more scandalous ways!