After her engagement ends in a tarnished reputation, Lily flees and seeks employment as a housekeeper to the disreputable Samuel St. Aldwyn, Duke of Gravenhurst, who champions unpopular causes.
Lily has her secrets, but so does the duke, who is actually the author of bestselling gothic novels — novels that Lily defends against detractors. That might be why Samuel hires her — or it could be because he understands the sensual woman who is his match in wit and words. Samuel tests Lily’s resolve with his words and kisses. Soon Lily discovers there’s more to the duke than his reputation, but pieces of his past threaten their future. (SIGNET SELECT, Nov., 352 pp., $7.99)