Despite her father’s intention to buy her a husband, beautiful and headstrong American heiress Margaret Van Alden has no intention of chaining herself in matrimony to some impoverished, fortune-hunting peer. She longs for adventure and romance, not matrimony, and when stone-broke scoundrel Trevor St. James, Earl of Ashton, comes along, she’s less than impressed. To her surprise, however, Trevor doesn’t propose marriage. Instead, he offers her all the passion and adventure she longs for, and Margaret finds his wicked, delicious seduction impossible to refuse.
Trevor never wanted the Ashton title or the responsibilities that come with it, but when his brother died, he inherited those responsibilities, along with a pile of family debts. His only way out is to marry an heiress, and when he encounters Margaret and her matchmaking father in Italy, the enticing heiress and the enormous dowry offered by her father seem the perfect solution to his financial woes. Trevor sets a trap to win her, tempting her with bait he’s sure she can’t resist. But though his seduction might succeed in winning her hand, will he ever be able to win her heart?