The Ruin of a Rogue by Miranda Neville, Book Two of her Wild Quartet series, features an heiress whose love of Roman antiquities leads her into trouble. In spite of herself, she is drawn to a totally unsuitable man because he seems to know his way around artifacts.
Of course, Marcus, Viscount Lithgow, is only after Anne’s fortune. He hides it well until Anne learns the truth by eavesdropping. She then leads him on a really funny tour of all of London’s most boring attractions to get revenge.
But her annoyance is overcome when he inherits the very thing guaranteed to fascinate her as much as he himself does, a partially excavated Roman ruin. He gets back at her by requiring her to do housework to gain access to the Roman villa.
All past scandals, and there are some big ones, are explained and resolved by Christmas through a couple unexpected plot turns.
Gotta love a heroine who isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty.