--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
When Alabeth left London under a cloud of gossip as bride of notorious rake Robert Manvers, she thought never to return. But her beloved Robert was dead now, fallen in a duel encouraged by his supposed friend, Sir Piers Castleton, and Alabeth was free to come to London to guard her overly romantic sister Jillian from temptations that Alabeth knew only too well. But even Alabeth did not dream that Jillian would fall in love with so seductive a scoundrel as the handsome and heartless Piers Castleton himself. Even less did Alabeth expect to meet the very mirror image of her late husband in Count Adam Zaleski, the lover that every high-born lady in London vied for. Clearly it was Alabeth's duty to battle the man she hated to save her sisterand fight off the memory of the man she loved to save herself.