Lady Wilhelmina Stanhope is ruined and everyone knows it. Back in Town for the first season since her downfall, Willa plans to remain firmly on the shelf, assuming only fortune hunters will want her now. Instead she focuses on her unique tea blends, secretly supporting a coffee house which employs poor women and children. If her clandestine involvement in trade is discovered, she'll be ruined. Again.
No one is more shocked by Willa's lack of quality suitors than the newly minted Duke of Hartwell. Having just returned from India, the dark duke is instantly attracted to the mysterious wallflower. His pursuit is hampered by the ruthless Earl of Bellingham, who once jilted Willa and is now determined to reclaim her.
Caught between the clash of two powerful men, a furious Willa refuses to concede her independence to save her reputation. But will she compromise her heart?
Oh! This book was so delightfully cute!! Out of main characters, I really can't decide on who I enjoyed more....Willa or Hart! Both were delightful characters and I for one enjoyed them both. The banter was witty and the book really stayed true to the times. The villain was very well written and I myself wanted to stab him several times while reading this book. I loved the add in about the coffee shop. It truly was a delightful surprise along with the lady's reading club. I enjoyed the spectacular plot and the naughty scenes that were peppered throughout. They were indeed hot!! This is my first experience with Diana, but it will not be my last!