Blythe Crompton’s sisters are happily married and she longs to wed herself. She would marry for a title to please her parents, and the older Duke of Savoy could be the perfect husband, except for his jealous daughter. But when she befriends the new footman, James, Blythe begins dreaming of something other than being a duchess; she yearns for love.
James is not the simple servant he appears. He is James Ryding, heir to the Crompton fortune, who is determined to prove that Blythe’s parents are imposters who have stolen his inheritance. By posing as a footman he hopes to uncover their perfidy. Instead he falls into helping Blythe catch the duke. He agrees with her preposterous plan that he pose as a prince of a small country and woo the duke’s daughter, making it possible for the duke to woo Blythe. Yet, the heat between them rises and one kiss leads to another. But the evidence James uncovers could tear them apart. (ST. MARTIN’S, Mar., 400 pp., $7.99)