Vivienne, named after an enchanting sorceress, is ready for that “old black magic” again. It’s been four years since her husband died. Along with her friends, Cat and Tessa, she has decided it’s time to find a man, get wrapped up in a steamy romance, and possibly even remarry. First, a makeover is called for because grief makes us all a little sloppy and neglectful in the keeping-up-appearances department.
Unbeknownst to Vivienne, Cat and Tessa have found the ideal man, a multi-millionaire from Charlotte who’s just hired a professional matchmaker to help him find a wife. Cat and Tessa go online and fill out the application in Vivienne’s name, and soon she is one of the select few to win a date with Philip Camden.
To get her ready for the big date, Cat and Tessa whip Vivienne into shape, walking with her on the beach and supporting her very odd eleven-day diet. Neither bothers to tell her what they wrote on the application that intrigued Philip enough to put her name at the top of his list.
Phillip alludes to an evil secret and a grievous sin, then one night he tells her a story and she learns about his wicked past. Just how does one approach the idea of having sex with a former porn star—even if it was thirty years ago? She’s only been with one man. How is she ever going to keep a man with his experience satisfied?
From the moment Philip meets Vivienne, he is smitten and sure she’s the one he wants to spend the rest of his life with. Convincing her they can live Happily Ever After however, turns out to be one of his greatest challenges.