Eighteen year old Abby Hallaway arrives at Brendall Castle to start her new job as a governess to Jacob, the son of Elliot Wright, the Earl of Brendall. Secretly a Lady, she has run away from her sisters, in hopes of making her own life for herself. But when she meets the Earl of Brendall, she is drawn to his dark and brooding manner. One of the maids, Martha, is instantly rude to her and she cannot understand why. She later learns the earl's wife died several years ago in mysterious circumstances. Despite all of this, she knows she must keep her job and her true identity a secret. She grows attached to Jacob, who she learns is illiterate after his other governesses didn't stay long enough to teach him. She finds herself falling for the earl, who also desires her, and they end up having a relationship in secret. But it doesn't escape Martha, who continues her rudeness towards Abby. During her employment, Abby becomes victim to two different attacks. Elliot and Abby discover who's been after her and why, but Abby is hurt when he suggests she leaves as he cannot marry her after what happened to his first wife. Abby finds her sister, who is happy to have her back, but doesn't tell her about her pregnancy or what happened with Elliot. Later, Elliot returns to win Abby back, but will she have him?
Overall, the book was pretty good. The storyline and plot was interesting, but some of the rude language didn't feel right. The sex scenes were racy, which didn't bother me, it was just the language used by Elliot that seemed out of character. Also, Abby is also a character who's very forgiving, something that bothered me, as if any female had been through what she had, I doubt they'd be as understanding. For these two reasons, it just misses a 5 from me. Apart from these things, I really enjoyed the story.