Addie Winstead grew up with Fitzwilliam, Earl of Claremont, knowing that he would one day be her husband. Their fathers had made an agreement when they were both children that they would eventually wed. Fitzwilliam, however, has never been inclined to settle down and do his duty. He is a rake with no intentions of settling down anytime soon. He has no real feelings for Addie, and he sees her only as a proper young lady that he grew up with.
Addie loves Fitzwilliam, but is determined not to marry him. She knows his reputation and realizes that she would be miserable being married to a man she loved, who was only married to her out of duty. Fitzwilliam takes her to a winter carnival to tell her that she should accept someone else's proposal, and they are caught in a compromising situation together.
Fitzwilliam has started to see Addie in a romantic light, but is in denial about it. When he is caught kissing her, her realizes that he has no choice but to propose. Addie also realizes she must marry, but accepts another man's proposal instead of Fitzwilliam's.
On top of everything else, Fitzwilliam has been challenged to a boxing duel, and he is a hopeless boxer. He is in dire need of an expert, which Addie happens to be. She has been writing boxing columns for years to support her family. As she trains him their attraction grows. Fitzwilliam wants Addie, but doesn't want to marry or hurt her. He also doesn't want to see her throw herself away on her current fiancÚ. Can he come to terms with his feelings for Addie before he loses her for good?
This report prepared by Jess