Mia Featherstone has found some treasures on the Earl of Hartsfield's property and her lover has found out and wants a piece of it. Mia isn't about to give up the location of the pieces and soon finds herself beaten up and fearing for her life.
Since her lover doesn't seem to want to get anywhere near the Earl's property, Mia makes a run for it and is soon rescued by the Earl himself.
The Earl, Simon Blakesworth, takes Mia to his home to protector her and to give her time to recover. He further offers his protection to Mia by asking her to marry him. Unbeknownst to Mia, Simon has been in love with her for years and he sees this as the opportunity to make her his.
Since she has had a lover, Mia tells Simon that she must wait to marry until she is sure she is not carrying another man's baby. Mia is also sure that once Simon finds out that she was stealing from him, he will want nothing to do with her even though the proceeds from the sale of the items went to his tenets.
As they try to solve the mystery of the true identity of Mia's lover, it gets harder and harder for Simon to resist Mia's charms. She is all he has ever wanted and she is almost his. Will Simon forgive Mia for her theft? Will Simon confess that he is in love with Mia?
I really enjoyed the storyline. It was not your traditional historical romance as Mia was not of the same class as Simon. I even enjoyed the characters tremendously. But having said that, there were times that I thought the writing was very amateurish. I also didn't like that facts about another couple kept coming up (like they were in a previous novel), only to find out that their story hadn't been written (at least I couldn't find it anywhere on the author's webpage). If there are that many details about another couple, I want to be able to read about them (personal pet peeve)!
Thanks go to NetGalley and eKensington for the copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.