Ciara was called the “Wicked Widow” in the gossip pages because people thought she had poisoned her bastard of a husband to death. Her husband’s relations were after her son and money that he would inherit when he was older. They would use every spiteful thing they could think up to separate the two. Ciara’s friends, the “Circle of Sin” came up with a plan so she can have a protector. They picked rakehell Lucas, Earl of Hadley, for her. The Earl agreed to court her if she would look at an antique paper that could be written by Hippocrates that his uncle had obtained.
This story takes a while to develop; there is a lot of background information to read through. But once it starts, it rolls to the end. Charming characters abound in this romantic drama.
A reclusive widow known for her scientific scholarship, Lady Ciara Sheffield is shadowed by rumors that she poisoned her husband ... A rakehell rogue notorious for his devil-may-care antics, Lucas Bingham, the Earl of Hadley is not accused of murdering anything-save for the rules of Polite Society. The only thing they have in common is seeing their names featured in the lurid gossip columns of London's newspapers. Until an ancient manuscript draws them together.
Ciara needs a titled fiancé to quell the slanderous speculations which may send her to the gallows. Lucas needs brilliant scholar to help his elderly uncle decipher the secrets of the mysterious manuscript. So when her friends urge her to accept the earl's proposal of a temprorary alliance, Ciara decides that she had no choice but to make a deal with the Devil. And so begins a seductive dance of naughty pleasures and hidden desires as the two of them waltz through the mansions of Mayfair. Lies, intrigue, treachery, sex. They find themselves facing slanderous whispers, unscrupulous relatives-not to speak of their own simmering passions, which quickly ignite into dangerous flames. It's a potent mix and the result may be explosive-and perhaps deadly-if they don't watch their step.