A book--not a dazzling debutante or even an eligible Lord--has the ton in a tizzy this season. The salacious Seven Secrets of Seduction and its heady insight into the minds of men and the desires of women has all of London talking! Especially orphaned Miranda Chase, who after devouring the pages begins a lively correspondence with two men-the author of the book himself and a crotchety critic. Tongue-tied and shy, she reads and dreams about grand adventures. She never expects to find herself in one. But when Maximilian Downing, an-honest-to-goodness viscount, enters her uncle’s bookshop and life, she finds herself swept away into a world she’s only observed from afar. Maximilian Downing is a charming, crushed idealist. Having viewed first-hand the power of seduction and his parents’ twisted marital web, he finds little value in love and promises--and believes truth rests only in desire. Sarcastic, cynical, and incredibly aware of his power over women, he is the scourge of marriage-minded mamas everywhere. But he wants to believe in something more. Craves it. And when Miranda Chase’s lovely, optimistic handwriting crosses his desk week after week, stirring those desires into flames, he knows he has to have her. And so he does. Only...he can’t stop wanting her. And the want is turning perilously into something much more concerning. But the biggest problem is that Miranda knows him as three very different men...men she trusts in different ways...and Max’s tangled web starts to grow out of control as he will do anything not to lose her.