“The Earl of St.  Merryn needs a woman. His intentions are purely practical he simply wants someone sensible  and suitably lovely to pose as his betrothed for a few weeks among polite society. He has his own agenda to pursue, and a false fiancée will keep the husbandhunters at bay while he goes about his business. The simplest solution  is to hire a paid companion. Finding the right candidateproves more of a challenge than he expected. But when he encounters Miss Elenora Lodge, the fire in her golden eyes sways him to make a generous offer. Her  sorry financial circumstances and dreams of a life of independenceconvince her to accept. But St. Merryn
appears to be hiding a secret or two, and things seem oddly amiss in his gloomy London home. Elenora soon
discovers that this lark will be a far more dangerous adventure than she’d been led to believe. And the Earl
of St. Merryn will find that the meek and mild companion he’d initially envisioned has become a partner in his
quest to catch a killer and an outspoken belle of the ball who stirs a bothersome passion in his practical heart.