Emma Fairbourne's father has just passed away. Her brother has disappeared and is presumed dead by most. However, Emma believes he is still alive, and her father's business, Fairbourne Auction House, a rival to Christie's Auction, must be preserved to be passed to her brother in case he does return. It is unheard of that a woman would run an auction, but Emma believes she has no choice. Besides, it is her only means of support, also. She is barely able to pull an auction together in order to pay the bills, and she just found out that her father had a silent partner, Darius, Earl of Southwaite. The Earl does not believe Emma, being a woman, can keep the business profitable, so he wants Fairbourne's sold at once. He also has reason to think that the circumstances of Emma's Father's death might bring scandal that would further devalue the business. He believes that a quick sale is the only way to preserve any assets for Emma and himself. This ongoing disagreement brings romance, danger, mystery, and love as secrets and mysteries unfold. Madeline Hunter can always be counted on to bring us an excellently written story and the plot of this book is especially unique and original. The mystery of Emma's father's death and her brother's disappearance keeps one guessing until the very end. The love scenes are romantic and steamy. The characters are truly people you can believe in. The conversations between the characters make you wish these people were coming over tonite. I really enjoyed every page. And the very interesting secondary characters made me buy the next book in the series within five minutes of finishng the book. Kindle is the greatest invention ever!!!