Miss Olivia Donovan has arrived with her family in England, after spending most of her life in the West Indies. In her youth, she suffered bouts of malaria, which has weakened her immune system, thus leaving her more frail and often has fevers as a result. Max Buchanan, Lord Hesley, spies Olivia at a ball and is instantly drawn to her beauty. Leonard Reece, a married marquis, tells him she refused his advances, so Olivia won't succumb to his. They make a wager, although once Max knows Olivia better, finds himself feeling guilty for agreeing to it in the first place. Olivia, meanwhile, is happy that someone isn't treating her like she'll break at any moment. She knows her family just want to protect her, but when Max enters her life, she's had enough. They enter into a relationship and at first, she tells him she doesn't want marriage, and is surprised to learn he doesn't want it either. However, over time, it's something they both want. The marquis has discovered Max, (now Duke of Wakefield) and Olivia's affair, he's annoyed and orders for his kidnap. Always hating Max since childhood, he plans to use Olivia as bait for revenge, but feels that she should also know about their wager too. They manage to escape Leonard's clutches, yet Olivia is unsure whether or not she can trust Max, so she heads north to see family so she can decide what she wants. Max realises he loves her and chases after her, but there are other obstacles in his path before he can win Olivia's trust again.
Overall, the book was OK. I'd already read the first book in the Donovan series and loved it, but some elements of this story bothered me. The female protagonist was a little annoying, which surprised me, considering I should be feeling more for her due to her affliction. I'm undecided about the unreleased book 3 with Captain William Langley just yet, but it's not out until August, so perhaps I'll change my mind by then.