London, April 1825.
Lord Jakob Radclyffe left his past behind in the Far East; or so he thinks until a ruthless thief surfaces in London, threatening to ruin his daughter's reputation. With the clock ticking, Jake needs the scandalous Lady Olivia Montfort's connections in the art world to protect his daughter's future.
Olivia, too, has a past she'd like to escape. By purchasing her very own Mayfair townhouse, she'll be able to start a new life independent from all men. There's one problem: she needs a powerful man's name to do so. The viscount St. Alban is the perfect name.
A bargain is struck. What Olivia doesn't anticipate is the temptation of the viscount. The undeniable spark of awareness that races between them undermines her vow to leave love behind. Soon, she has no choice but to rid her system of Jake by surrendering to her craving for a single scorching encounter.
But is once enough? Sometimes, once only stokes the flame of desire higher and hotter; and sometimes, once is all the heart needs to risk it all and follow a mad passion wherever it may lead.