Do you believe in destiny? That's the basis of this short story set in 1824. Maxton had a dream months before of a thoroughly erotic time with a veiled woman. While helping another young girl he meets the new courtesan the 'Vauxhall Vixen' and they share a night of passion. This sparks a persistent need in them that goes beyond simple lust.
The story moves at a quick pace, going from encounter to encounter with only some time spent otherwise. This works well for their relationship since they both dive in head-first and worry over the particulars later. It was refreshing to read about a heroine who not only understood about needs but who didn't lament her fate. Vivian actively sought out the position as a courtesan, realizing it was a perfect way to earn the money she needed to buy a cottage for herself and her mother.
Maxton, for his part, was about as gentlemanly a guy as you could ask for. He was the perfect candidate as Vivian's first customer and possibly ruined her for anyone else besides. And the sex scenes? Perfectly enjoyable, if a little awkward at times (they liked to talk a lot, which I found a little bemusing).
There is no real 'obstacle' to their relationship, other then their social classes being so vastly different, but as Maxton explains, doesn't really matter anyhow.