William Hargreaves stroked the immaculate cravat at his throat as he sneered. “I thought even in America one would know such a garish garment would be ridiculed.” He taunted Miss Caroline Burgess with his pompous laughter, one supercilious eyebrow raised.
Baron William Hargreaves, arbiter of all things fashionable, loves nothing more than firing his derisive salvos at his favorite target—the wealthy American, newly come to London society and the fading glory of the Ton.
Caroline will never admit she enjoys their skirmishes. Nor will she admit to the dreams he inspires, or the sensations he stirs deep inside her.
Because he is the one man she can never allow herself to love.
Baron Hargreaves tries his best to hide his growing attraction to the beautiful blonde, rumored to be wealthier than the Queen herself. But when he finally begins to warm to the heiress, he is appalled when Caroline outrageously accepts a role in a play—an unforgiveable profession for a lady of the Ton. Nonetheless, William cannot ignore Caroline for the perfect match she is, and the two find themselves irrevocably drawn together.
But when Caroline is forced to shoot a man to death in full daylight on a London street, she initiates a scandal far worse than her calling as an actress. A future with William—or any other man—becomes nothing more than the dream it should have remained all along. Brokenhearted, she returns home to Philadelphia determined to leave England and her pain behind.
A blow to his own reputation overshadows William’s judgment of Caroline’s self-imposed predicament: When he becomes trapped in a mockery of a marriage because of a product of a youthful indiscretion, William realizes his mistakes have cost him the love of his life.
Harder to cross than the wide Atlantic Ocean, the harsh rules of society separate Caroline and William, each unable to achieve their hearts’ desires.
Where there is love, there is hope.
His Wicked Lady, Book #3 in the Touch the Sky series.