Ready or not, the Honorable Maxwell Darby and his younger brother Tristram must brave the glittering world of London Society to hunt for heiresses, lovely or not. Scurrilous rumors abound: can it be true that their father, Lord Tavistoke, lost the family fortune in a card game? And is the Marquis of Cravenwell, a notorious gambler, behind the artful scheme to marry off Tavistoke’s sons to the highest bidders? But Maxwell will have none of it, for his heart has been stolen by a certain young lady who is as spirited — and as penniless — as he: Kate O’Connor, the beautiful, red-haired daughter of an Irish horse trainer.
But Kate won’t even kiss him — she knows only too well that Maxwell Darby must and will marry for money. His ardent attentions are nothing more than a passing fancy, but she sees no reason to deny herself the innocent pleasure of his company. Her reputation? Well, that is no one’s concern but her own . . . until the handsome young nobleman makes a startling confession. And Kate discovers that her most cherished dreams may be about to come true!