Imprisoned as a child by her spiteful father, Helena Lambarth vowed upon his death to never again live under a man's rule. But to honor her mother's last wish, she journeys to London to enter society--and finds herself a reluctant houseguest of the dashing Lord Darnell. Adam, Lord Darnell, has little time to oversee the bedraggled hoyden he's agreed to sponsor. Saddled with his father's debts, he knows his one hope is to win the hand of wealthy Priscilla Standish. If only she weren't so ordinary compared to the unconventional Helena--and if only his waiflike ward hadn't suddenly transformed into a bewitching young woman... The desire they spark in each other is undeniable. But can the love they try to resist conquer Helena's demons and free them both?