2017 Finalist in the Readers' Favorite Historical Romance Awards
The last thing The Duke of Greystone wants is a wife, until The Lady Jane Blackmore seeks out his quiet corner of Earl Braxton’s ballroom. But there she stands, attempting to shut out the rest of the world by simply closing her eyes, but the duke understands better than most that life is never that simple.
The last thing Jane wants is a husband, until she opens her eyes to find the scarred and much too handsome stranger secluded in her chosen quiet corner. Why can’t the obstinate man understand she just needs a brief moment of solitude before returning to face her tormentors? But no matter how many times she tells him to go away, he remains. So is it her fault that her father misunderstands the young duke’s intentions?
Whilst marriage isn’t on Phillip—as she learns the duke is called—or Jane’s mind, when society’s trials and tribulations come, they soon become each other’s touchstone, and by it discover that joy is tantalisingly within their grasp, although others seem intent on thwarting their every wish.
Even though Lady Grace only knows a few vulgar phrases in French, once taught to her by a mischievous childhood friend, she somehow pulls off pretending to be a seamstress from France to The Dowager Duchess of Greystone. Fortunately for Mademoiselle Blancher, as she styles herself, the Dowager doesn’t speak a word of the language. So Grace is able to hide her true identity until her dear cousin Beatrice sends her a message, begging her to return to London. The poor woman, it seems, needs saving from the same fate Lady Grace had found herself facing two years earlier: a forced marriage to the ever-so-vile Duke of Chesham.
From afar, Viscount Worthington has admired Lady Jane’s feisty, foul-mouth seamstress, Mademoiselle Blancher, but a man of his rank doesn’t socialize with a woman of her class—unless he means to make her his mistress. But Robert wants so much more than a brief fling. Since such a thing would prove impossible, he keeps his distance, only exchanging glances as they occasionally pass one another in the hallways of Greystone Hall.
When Lord Worthington discovers the seamstress needs his help, though, he’s quick to offer his aid. And so, on the road to London, he learns all of Grace’s secrets. Unfortunately, some come with danger, others with heartbreak, and—if Robert and Grace are lucky enough—some will come with love.
When Lady Margaret unexpectedly inherits her great-aunt’s vast estates and servants, this gives her direct power over Mayfield's land steward, Mr. Colin Caswell, the very man who broke her heart years earlier.
Margaret knows it would solve both their problems if she could find a way to hate him, but how can she? not when she vividly remembers the sensation of his lips pressed against hers. Of course, with that memory also comes the recollection of the heart-wrenching pain she suffered at Colin’s rebuff of her hasty proposal of marriage. She understands why the stubborn man refused to let her lower herself to his social level, but he’d been wrong. While he thought she would be demeaning herself if she joined her life to his, how could loving him be anything but the best thing that could possibly happen to her?
Will Colin ever admit they belong together, or will he break Margaret’s heart a second time?