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All work and no play makes the wealthy Desiree Kelleigh a very frustrated businesswoman. Uninterested in the complications romantic entanglements involve and stressed to the point to where she cannot even satisfy herself, Desiree takes the suggestion of a friend and seeks to hire professional help. That is, professional help comfortable with nothing more than a rewarding business arrangement.
James MacConnor is a man who takes care of everything -- even things that require more than a modicum of discretion. His service record is without blemish, and his new job as Miss Kelleigh's personal servant is beyond satisfying in every possible way. Their arrangement is exactly what they both desire…for the first few weeks. Separating physical and emotional involvement is easier on paper than it is in practice, and both James and Desiree have unresolved issues in their past. Fortunately they have an iron-clad written contract to keep those issues -- and any others that may arise from their close association -- at bay.
James has never in his professional career violated a contract. Not once has he ever considered doing so. Of course, desire has never been a problem for him before. Desiree -- and the contract -- makes it perfectly clear that nothing but his service is wanted. Nothing personal is ever to be shared between him and his employer. Yet James is meant to serve her well and, in order to do that, he must determine why she insists on nothing from him but impersonal, however adventurous, pleasure.
As James discovers more about Desiree, the professional becomes inescapably personal and blurs the line between desire and servitude. In the service of desire, someone must serve. Which it will be depends upon who has the greater fortitude -- the employer, or the employee.