Six years have passed since Alex last saw Mansfield Manor, but following his fatheras death, the seventh Duke of Mansfield is going home. With his parents both dead and those he held dear gone, Alex is left both scarred and alone. He soon discovers an unhealthy attraction to his young, beautiful cook, who stirs memories in him that he has spent years forgetting and questions that he must find answers to. Katherine has spent the last six years trying to forget him, while preparing herself for his return. But nothing could prepare her for the onslaught of emotions he stirs in her when their eyes meet. How long will she be able to avoid him and continue this charade? Or will her emotions give her away and confirm his suspicions? And once the truth is known, will it shatter the friendship they once shared, or blossom into something much more?