By Jo Goodman
Evan Marchman has simply inherited a identify, lands, and a fortune-but is depressing because the new Duke of Westphal, who prefer the intrigue and adventures of the Compass membership to the tasks of an property. extra promisingly, he has additionally received a ward-a appealing lady who asks for his relief in unravelling a secret that would draw them either right into a global of hidden pleasures. Headmistress of a women academy, Ria Ashby desperately wishes West's aid to discover a pupil who has disappeared with out a hint. but she can't support yet be distracted by way of the promise of ardour in the back of the duke's eco-friendly eyes and roguish grin. quickly their look for the lacking woman leads them to a mystery society made out of the school's board of governors - an internal sanctum the place sensuality principles - and gear seduces.
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He had allowed himself to be persuaded not to attend the services for the duke this morning, but neither his doctor nor his valet could keep him from West's home tonight. Now he wondered if he shouldn't have listened to them, not because they were right that the evening away from home would fatigue him almost beyond bearing, but because so little good had come of his presence. His dear Elizabeth, not to put too fine a point on it, had abducted him from the drawing room and wheeled him into West's study.
Yes. Cholera, I am told. My parents were in India. My father was assigned to the regiments in Delhi and my mother was with him. It had already been arranged for me to join them when word arrived of the epidemic. " West thought Ria made this recitation with some effort to detach herself from it. He understood and appreciated what it cost her to do so. "Us? " he asked, prompting her gently to continue. "Who is us? " "My great-grandfather. I was living with him when word came. " It was precisely this sort of revelation that made his head hurt.
These ice needles hit the window at a different pitch man the rain and dissolved slowly, sometimes collecting visibly on the sill before they melted. He replaced the poker and turned back to Ria. He ran a hand absently through his copper hair. " "I have said as much, haven't I? " he asked. "Is it money you require? Assistance hiring someone to do the investigation? " "I could hire anyone," she said. " She watched both of his eyebrows lift in response to her directness. " "No, that was perfectly frank.