A reluctant earl, a determined lady, an abandoned cottage...scandal, anyone? The Earl of Marchmont is threatening Honeysuckle Watson's family home—but Honey has a plan. She will lure the earl from London with tales of a highwayman, and then she will compromise herself to force his hand. But when the arrogant earl arrives, Honey finds her plans backfiring in a hurry... Reginald Wanstead never wanted to be Earl of Marchmont, but now that he is, he must marry and produce an heir. He wants a biddable wife who won't inconvenience him—certainly not Honeysuckle Watson with her fiery hair and lectures about his duties to his tenants. So why can't he get her out of his thoughts? When a thunderstorm forces Honey and Reggie to shelter in an empty cottage, Honey's opportunity is at hand...but her treacherous heart betrays her. Has she fallen in love with the devil earl?