This is the story of Merrys' escape from her parents stuffy Victorian superficial respectability into the world of Nic Craven a brilliant and unconventional artist with a few secrets of his own. Merry has gone to him to create a scandle that will finally stop her parents attempts to marry her off, so that she can live her life the way she wants. Nic's a free spirit, a rake who thinks he's incapable of love. The two of them are fantastic together, they have their flaws and it may not be laugh out load funny but it did make me grin - a lot, they are really lovable characters. Also the sex is really HOT - if you don't like your sex honest and not hedged in by fluffy euphemisms DON'T get this book, some of the descriptions are so down to earth explicit they could grace a manual on 'improving your relationship'.