This is a short tale that's made me think about reading more in this series. For a novella, it managed to pack in a pretty whole tale, which was steamier than most.
Elizabeth has known of Derek Creswell since she was 15, when their families fell out after her sister accused his brother of seducing her, and the latter then refused to marry her. Derek believed his brother, and when Elizabeth started to show her interest in him during her first Season, he decided that she must be just like her sister, and thoughts of a petty vengeance came to mind...he would have her body..
...Until he and Elizabeth were caught in a (slightly) compromising situation, and to save face, she claimed that he had proposed to her, and to avoid scandal, he agreed that he would have to marry her. Unknown to him, she was already half in love with him, but he wanted nothing more than her body. So he seduced her, which wasn't hard, as she was more than willing and ready!
Of course, things don't go quite to plan, and truths are revealed as well as feelings...so this ends well enough. There's a preview of the next in the series, which is apparently not out for some time, but I'd prefer to read the back-tales before reading that, so I didn't bother with that.