Rebelliously independent Lady Nicole Bragg Shelton refuses to be constrained by the stifling rules of Victorian England. Desire impels the beautiful heiress toward a shocking liaison with Hadrian Braxton-Lowell, Duke of Clayborough.
Obsessed by Nicole's daring conduct and sensuality but bound by the dictates of duty and honor to another woman, Hadrian resolves to have the raven-haired beauty as his mistress...though never as his bride.... But Nicole will be no man's plaything. She will risk pain and heartbreak to satisfy her wild, uncompromising passion - determined to win the handsome Duke's unwavering devotion . . . and his undying love.