Miss Margaret 'Meg' Amberley arrives at Lord Cade Byron's home in search for shelter from the snowstorm. At first, Cade is annoyed she's interrupted his solitude, but agrees and let's her stay. But when the snow continues, they are forced to spend time with each other. Since returning from the war, he's scarred emotionally and physically and has become an alcoholic recluse. Since the death of her parents, Meg had been on her way to Scotland to live with another relative. Meg is keen to learn more about her handsome stranger. Just as she thinks she's going to break through, the snowstorm is over and she can go. However, a nosy neighbour shows up and when he sees Meg and Cade have been alone together, Cade has to think fast to save the innocent lady's reputation. Cade tells him Meg is his fiancée. It's obvious the neighbour will spread the news and Meg is worried. Cade tells her that he did it to save her. But they will continue this facade, even introducing her to his family and giving her a season in London in hopes shed find another husband. Meg accepts but when she becomes close to his family, begins to hate herself for the deception.
Over time, both develop feelings for one another. Cade hates her suitors and Meg doesn't understand why since it was his idea for her to find another. But when he learns someone has offered for Meg, Cade cannot take it anymore. Meg disappears, upset Cade hasn't claimed her as she'd hoped. Cade seeks Meg out and tries to win her back.
Overall, the book was brilliant. I've already read book 3 in this series with Edward Byron and Claire and thought that was good, but this was better! You really feel for both protagonists in this story, and find yourself hoping they'll get together.