The lonely, never-married Lady Elizabeth Harcourt desperately longs for a distraction. She finds one when a chance encounter leads her to the lush studios of artist Gabriel Cristofore. Gabriel insists on painting Elizabeth's portrait, vowing to do justice to her ravishing figure. But Elizabeth soon realises that Gabriel's plans for her have little to do with painting - for his true passion in life is the art of seduction. The first moment Gabriel sets eyes on Elizabeth, he can see she's not his usual mark. Her lush auburn locks, luscious skin and ruby lips offer just a hint of the pleasure they promise. Despite his desire, he is torn between seducing her instantly and taking his time so that he can explore every aspect of her. But Gabriel is about to discover that some affairs cannot be so easily abandoned - especially when the heart of a rogue has been captured.