Jonathan St. John, the Marquess of Sutherland, is letting life pass him by. Wounded during the Battle of Waterloo eight years ago, he relies heavily on a cane, he's a drunk, suffers from horrific nightmares and he's a notorious rake. Feeling he has nothing to offer a woman, he's sworn off marriage.
Lady Kathryn has decided to dedicate her life to her art. After years of abuse from her uncle, she's determined to never put herself under any man's hands again. After graduating from the London Art Institute, she travels to Bath to visit her mother, the Dowager Duchess of Sanderford, before starting her first commission.
Jonathan meets the portraitist, Lady Kathryn, and is immediately dazzled by her. After seeing her work, he asks her to paint him. Even though he knows he's not good enough for her, Jonathan longs to claim her as his own. Can he win her heart? Can Lady Kathryn overcome her fears and learn to trust Jonathan, or will she allow her past to keep her from the love of a lifetime?
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