Joss Tallant, estranged from his parents, grew up believing in his parents' adage that love was for fools. He lives a rakish lifestyle of gambling and womanizing in London. He encounters Amy Bainbridge, who is part of an impoverished family of compulsive gamblers, during a card game with her brother and his cronies. He loses a lottery ticket during the course of the game, which is later found by the sanctimonious and moralizing Amy. Amy goes to the draw, intending to give the ticket to her good-for-nothing brother, Richard, who she presumes has lost the ticket. There she discovers the ticket is a winning one, and that Richard is not the owner of the ticket.
Amy tries to find the rightful owner of the ticket, but ends up claiming the fortune. She re-enters ton society, since she newly has the wherewithal to dress herself properly. At a party which she has been misled into thinking is reputable, she is goaded into gambling by seeking revenge for insults to her father. She unexpectedly wins, and the prize is a week with Joss Tallent.
Joss and Amy spend the week together visiting charitable foundations and looking for acceptable charities to disperse Amy's fortune. Joss and Amy find that while Joss is an inveterate rake, he is not as bad as he is painted - and that Amy, while prim and judgemental, is also a multifacted character whom Joss is drawn to.
This report prepared by Linda
Miss Amy Bainbridge had resigned herself to a life of gentle poverty and spinsterhood, until one faithful day when she stumbled across a winning lottery ticket. Not feeling right in accepting winnings that weren't her own she went against everyone's suggestions and discreetly went about trying to find the ticket's rightful owner.
Joss, Earl of Tallant, was just the type of man Amy despised – a rake and gambler who was seemingly unfeeling towards others. However Joss knows that Amy has found his winning ticket and is determined to strike a friendship between them and observe her to see exactly what she'll do with the money. However as they grow closer together they can't seem to help intriguing the others interest and the passion between them soon becomes impossible to ignore.
This report prepared by Jennifer Nieradka-Piperni