Sophie, the Countess of Monmouth, has a secret. Patrick, the Earl of Coulter, suspects that something is up. He sets out to investigate her secret, meanwhile fighting off enormous boners at her presence. Sophie's life is threatened, Patrick's macho instincts are aroused (among other things).It's a very simple book. The secret would have ruined Sophie and in the eyes of society at that current time, but Patrick seems surprisingly blasé about it. They fall in love too quickly, Patrick forgives her secret too easily, the villains are ridiculously easy to figure out. It's not a bad book, I enjoyed it, but it is too simplistic, the plot lines too easily resolves, and the secondary romance plot lacked credibility and explanation. Easy read, but lacked the complexity for a 4 or 5 star.