Lady Ciara Sheffield prefers a quiet life, but her hard-drinking, abusive husband prefers the frivolous pursuit of pleasure. When he dies suddenly, rumors fly that she may have poisoned him. Their young son Peregrine is the light of Ciara's life, yet her late husband's greedy relatives have begun a campaign of slander to gain guardianship of her boy - and his considerable inheritance.
Lucas Bingham, the infamous "Mad Bad" Earl of Hadley, is a young bachelor enjoying all the sins his money can buy -- that is, until he comes face to face with the mysterious and beautiful Ciara. Touched by her terror of losing young Peregrine, Lucas offers to help Ciara by posing as her new fiance. Though a rakehell of scandalous proportions, Lucas weilds power in Polite Society, and can protect Ciara from any adversary. But when Ciara's son is kidnapped, Lucas's kid-gloves come off, and he is ready for a fight-to-the-death: At all costs he's determined to save Peregrine and win the love of the captivating widow Ciara.
Cara Elliott lives and works in New York City.