When she realized she had gotten pregnant, she married Lord Sedgewick to cover it up and claim the child as his. Now, with her husband's death almost a year ago and all he left behind were debts, she is left in a precarious situation. This is when Brock comes back into her life.
He's made something of himself, has money, but doesn't have the acceptance in society. He pays off her debts and proposes the deal that she'd marry him to repay him. A deal she refuses to accept. He has a lot of ulterior motives, of course: vengeance, a business venture, acceptance. But most of all he is still deeply in love with her. Even though he can't bring himself to say this to her.
Madeline doesn't want to admit she still has feelings for him, even though he makes his best attempts to seduce her. She doesn't tell him they have a daughter together either. But oh how good he is at the seduction.
While there was an incredible lack of communication between these two characters, I enjoyed every single one of their interactions and how their story slowly unfolded. They were put in a position where they had to be more intimate than they would've otherwise and face the feelings that were still there.
A story of a second chance at love. Of falling in love all over again and forgiving past and present mistakes. It kept me glued to the pages as I usually expect by this wonderful author.