As a young, penniless gentleman, Maxwell Harwick knew he had little to offer Juliet White the most beautiful debutante of the season except his love, and one thoroughly scandalous kiss. But when they were discovered in a compromising position, a nearly ruined Juliet fled into the arms of a rich, older lord" taking Max's heart with her.
Now a widow, Lady Juliet Granworth intends to use the fortune she inherited from her odious husband to build a new life in London. Five years have passed, but she's never forgotten Max" or his soul-searing kiss. Yet it's clear the newly-minted Marquess of Thayne has not forgiven her after all, the infuriating man can barely stand the sight of her. But Juliet has endured far too much to give up without a fight and if it's a battle of wills he wants, it's a battle he'll get.
He hates her for breaking his heart. She detests him for destroying her future. But beneath all the loathing simmers an intoxicating passion that neither can ignore" and the harder they resist, the harder they will inevitably fall.