Julian Dane, the Earl of Kettering is being slowly tormented by guilt.
Once Phillip's Rothembow's constant companion in gaming rooms and
notorious boudoirs, he struggles with Phillip's death for months until he
is teetering on the brink of self-destruction. Phillip's death has made
Julian believe he harms those he loves. Phillip is not the first--as the
guardian of four younger sisters, Julian has never been able to overcome
his guilt at having lost one to fever. He believes he didn't do enough to
save Valerie, and now, after months of painful reflection, he is quite
certain he didn't do enough to save Phillip--because he secretly loved
Phillip's intended, Claudia Whitney. It is a guilt that plagues Julian almost
unto death--until he sees Claudia again. The desire for her is too
strong, overpowering his guilt, and Julian fears he will stop at nothing to
Unfortunately for Julian, he is the last person Claudia wants to see.
Having known the most handsome Rogue for years, she sees nothing
more than a charming rakehell with a horrid reputation for loving and
leaving. Worse, she believes it was Julian who led Phillip down a path of
debauchery and finally, death. A forward thinking daughter of an
influential duke, Claudia would rather become a spinster than attach
herself to the likes of Julian Dane. But as hard as she might, she cannot
deny the strong physical attraction she has to him.
It is an extremely compromising situation that throws them together.
But it is their growing desire for one another that pulls Julian back from
the brink of despair by showing him the quality of love and infusing him
with a revived will to live.
Genre: Historical Romance, Regency