♡ Winner of the coveted RT Seal of Excellence !
♡ Nominated for THREE Reviewers' Choice Awards  including Book of the Year!
♡ Named Top 10 in Romance Fiction !

Alexandra, Lady Morley, an alluring widow, is on holiday to escape her creditors and devise a plan to reverse her fortunes. Distracted by the arrival of Phineas “Finn” Burke, a brilliant inventor with a shocking past, she despairs of ever getting what she needs…until they kiss. 

Finn, naïve to the female species and intent only on perfecting his “horseless carriage” engine for an exhibition in Rome, never dreamed he’d meet a woman like Alexandra, who is as maddening as she is comely. Finn longs to make Alexandra his wife, but his own vows stand in the way…unless Alexandra can sacrifice everything she knows to realize her deepest desires.

A Proposition He Can’t Refuse 

“Mr. Burke,” she said, “I have an immense curiosity for machines such as yours. I thought perhaps I might stop by, from time to time, and help you in your work.”

His brow descended. “Help me?” 

“Or perhaps”—she raised a challenging eyebrow—“perhaps you’re concerned about our wager. I promise you I won’t consider it a breach. You can think of me as a fellow scholar. As a kind of female eunuch.” 

He smiled, though not the same smile as before. “Oh, quite. A female eunuch. I don’t foresee any difficulties at all.” 

“You needn’t be sarcastic. 

 “It doesn’t matter if you call yourself a fellow scholar, or a female eunuch. Our friends will be convinced otherwise, and I’ll be forced to pay the forfeit.” 

Alexandra found herself beginning to smile back. “I’ll be discreet. And if anyone discovers me, I’ll tell them that I was drawn irresistibly to you, and you were too much a gentleman to refuse me….”