This interesting story would be more enjoyable if the hero were not such a self-serving character. There is a compelling subplot involving his brother, who is a more likable person, which plays an important part in this novel.
When Nicholas, the new Earl of Stafford, takes a break from his life of debauchery to investigate the miserable state of affairs at his estate, he believes the lies of the estate manager, Mason. Mason doesn’t tell him that he’s about to turn Miss Emeline Wilson and her sisters out of their hovel and burn it down. Soon the girls are ensconced in the mansion and Mason vows revenge. Nicholas and his brother stay on to manage the estate and he and Emeline begin an affair despite the fact he’s engaged to the daughter of a duke. (SAMHAINPUBLISHING.COM, dl $5.50)
Donna M. Brown