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Ambrosia Tisdale is the very picture of propriety and the epitome of what a respectable young lady should be.  Haunted by a memory and compelled by her family, she pursues perfection to a fault.

The Earl of Bristol, Duncan Maddox, has returned to London after years of familial imposed exile.  As the second son, he has led a life filled with frivolity, leisure, and a healthy dose of debauchery.  Now his older brother has died, leaving the family’s flailing legacy in Duncan’s unwilling arms. 

At the behest of his uncle, Duncan is advised to do the one thing that could provide instant fortune and respectability – he must marry.  But there is only one prospect who meets all the unique requirements to solve all the Earl’s problems – the lovely Miss Ambrosia Tisdale.  But securing Ambrosia’s hand will not be easy.  The prudent daughter of a Viscount proves to be a worthy adversary for the scandal ridden second son of an Earl. Duncan has no choice but to compromise Miss Tisdale.

But with scandal, extortion, treachery, and even love itself threatening to keep him from his goal, compromising Miss Tisdale proves to be far more challenging than he had bargained for.