Barely old enough to walk when he inherited, Asriel, the Marquess of Bourne lost everything but his title with one careless turn of the cards when he was barely out of school. Immediately cast from society for his poverty, a disillusioned Bourne disappeared to the underworld, where, first as the unsympathetic pit boss then ruthless partner in The Fallen Angel, he worked with singular purpose-to restore his estate to its former glory. Penelope Marbury, daughter of the Marquess of Needham & Dolby, has loved Bourne since childhood, but was never willing to risk the censure of her family and her society to pursue him. When she calls off her engagement to the Duke of Leighton and suffers a serious blow to her reputation, Penelope throws caution to the wind and seeks out Bourne. Penelope does not find the smiling boy from her youth, however. Instead, she finds the cold, hard marquess. When he pushes her away, Penelope puts her heart on the line, offering him marriage and with it everything he once lost-not realizing that gambling with this new, wicked Bourne is a bad idea, as he only plays to win.