Step One: Take a Lover… When the staid Marguerite Laurent is given irrefutable evidence that she will die before the year’s end, she vows to pack a lifetime in that year. She may not be lucky in love, but she will know passion, and she already has the perfect candidate. Armed with her to-do list, she approaches a former admirer and accepts his long ago proposition with a caveat – he must give her a grand whirlwind romance. When he agrees, she knows she’s in for the adventure of a lifetime. She just doesn’t count on experiencing it with another man … The Wrong Man … Ash Courtland, a complete and utter bounder, ends Marguerite’s grand plans by snatching her off the steps of her father’s townhouse. The gorgeous scoundrel who grew up on the streets of London has done everything to gain respectability and a vast fortune. When his mentor, the very man who aided him in rising from the depths of crime and poverty, holds a reception offering each of his bastard daughters in matrimony to an assortment of London’s finest gentleman, Ash is enraged to not be included on the guest list. When he’s told he’s not good enough to marry any of the chits, he vows to have one of them at any cost. The first daughter to cross his path? The delectable Marguerite … Step Two: Live With No Regrets… Abducted hours before she’s to set sail on her grand romantic adventure, Marguerite is incensed at the reprobate who arrogantly claims he will seduce her and wed her before the week’s end. Not about to let some cad decide her fate, no matter that his bold gaze makes her tremble, she will do everything in her power to escape Ash, even if that means sampling a taste of what the rogue so enticingly offers ... a taste that might turn into the once-in-a-lifetime love she so desperately craves, after all.