Tessa Field will take almost any job, as long as room and board is included. She's desperate to escape her cruel stepfather and stepbrother after the death of her mother, and the temporary position as a cook and maid at Violet House seems like the perfect stepping stone in her quest for independence. She finds herself drawn to the enigmatic Mr. Black, and it isn't long before he masters her sexually and dominates her every waking thought. But when she's offered a job interview at a nearby business, reality beckons. Knowing her time at Violet House is limited and fearing Mr. Black isn't interested in a permanent relationship, she sneaks off for the interview. Apparently, their happiness isn't meant to last . . . or is it? Richard's not the kind of man to take no for an answer, and he has a few tricks up his sleeve.