This is the second book in the "The Wicked Dukes" series by Sharon Page. I must say that I have not read the first book yet but I have read other books by Sharon Page and I just want to say that are "hot". I really enjoy her books and "Deeper In Sin" is another good book. For me this was a stand alone book, so I didn't feel that I was really left out since I have not read the first book in the series. The heroine, Sophie Ashley knows little of the courtesan life that she is looking to start work in. Sophie is "book learned" and that is what takes her forward into this ball. The " Cyprian ball" too is were the hero has come to try to start to his "life back" and get "desire back" after fighting some bad memories of his past. This is were the two start there story. I am glad to have this book and I hope that you will enjoy it too!