Witty, sardonic and with an eye for beautiful ladies, the handsome Marquis of Rakecliffe has earned himself the nickname Rake amongst his friends and family. As he cuts a swathe through the glittering balls and elegant soirees of London society, he is pursued by debutantes and married hostesses alike. Admired by men, including the Prince of Wales, for his intelligence, bravery, and ability to take on any challenge to defend his country it seems the Marquis lives a charmed life. Beautiful Lanthia Grenville is a stranger to the city and the new fashions set by the Prince of Wales and his wild, fun-loving Marlborough House set. Leaving her sheltered life in the country for a shopping trip, Lanthia looks forward to an exciting stay at the celebrated hotel, The Langham.