Ellen Drake is all alone in the world after a scandal years ago tore her family apart. Working as a paid companion, she tries hard to be proper at all times. When she catches her employer's fiancé engaging in a tryst she is scandalised and vows that she will ensure he will stay celibate until his wedding day.
Alex Marshall, Lord Stanton, is irked and intrigued by the companion who has taken it upon herself to keep him out of mischief and he can't help but find her irresistible. So he proposes a bargain - he won't dally until his wedding - with anyone else but her!
Despite being a fan of Cheryl Holt, I wasn't overly enamoured with this novel and it certainly wasn't one of her best.
I liked both Ellen and Alex as characters - Alex being the arrogant, sexy lord and Ellen being the downtrodden, lovely hired help. They did have good chemistry together but I didn't find the story as erotic as some of Cheryl Holt's previous books.
The main problem that I had was that there were just too many characters. We spent so much time reading about each different character that by the time you get back to Alex and Ellen, you wonder how much you've missed! I also found some of the characters were completely pointless and distracted from the main story even more. There were also a lot of modern Americanisms throughout the book which gets a bit tiresome and jars you away from the story as you read.
Overall, it's not a terrible book and I really did enjoy the ending, but unless you're a fan of Cheryl Holt's I probably wouldn't recommend this book to you. Readable but only 3 stars.