For Caroline Saunders, beauty is a curse. Everywhere she goes, she is surrounded by men who worship her. But Caroline knows none of them could ever love her just for herself.
She treats her court of suitors with cool disdain, gaining herself the title of "Ice Queen".
After an ugly altercation with an insistent suitor, Caroline decides it is time to escape the crowded ballrooms of London.
With a heart scarred by his parent’s disastrous marriage, Julian Palmer, Earl Newhall, has been in no particular hurry to take on a wife. But men with titles need heirs.
He reluctantly agrees to allow his aunt to arrange a week-long party at his Derbyshire estate. A handpicked group of eligible young women and their chaperones will be in attendance.
When a sudden heavy snowstorm stops all but one carriage from making the journey to Newhall Castle, Julian decides he should make the best of a bad situation.
However, matters turn from bad to worse when he discovers that it is Caroline Saunders who has arrived - wet and freezing cold - on his doorstep, in the middle of the night.
The Ice Queen is the one woman, in all of London society, he knows he could never be prevailed upon to marry, let alone love.
But when Newhall Castle becomes Caroline’s only place of sanctuary, Julian quickly discovers that beneath her icy demeanor there beats a passionate heart.
Two stubborn souls come together in this beautiful tale of enemies to lovers.