Housemaid Anne Webster will stop at nothing to save her family from their dire circumstances. Even if it means accepting the proposal of the roguish Ruel Chouteau, Marquess of Blackthorne, who has just returned to England from the Americas under a veil of mystery. Both have their own agenda - she to use his riches, and he to use her lace-making skill - but neither could have dreamed what they would discover on the other side of their scheming. As always, society tattler Miss Pickworth has a thing or two to say about this scandalous union. Unless they want their plans aired in her column, Anne and Ruel must keep their banter to a minimum and play the role of a happy couple. He's handsome and arrogant; she's smart and obstinate. But can Anne and Ruel put their differences aside to fend off an unexpected foe? - Back cover.