On the anniversary of her fiancé’s death, when she’s at her most vulnerable, a stranger enters the library and takes Siusan Sinclair in his arms. She surrenders. Neither sees the other, but the passion between them is magical.
Fleeing that night of pleasure, Siusan finds work as a teacher. Though she’s never worked a day in her life, she is remarkably adept at it and she adores her student, Gemma. But Gemma’s guardian, the Duke of Exeter, infuriates her with their daily battle of wills. Beneath the surface of their “hate” lies a desire that eventually explodes. When they return to their lives in society, new questions arise. Will the duke be forced to marry another when he loves Siusan? What about that long-ago night? And have they learned the lessons that will bring them happiness? (AVON, Dec., 380 pp., $7.99)