By Jo Goodman
Evan Marchman has simply inherited a name, 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 obligations of an property. extra promisingly, he has additionally won a ward-a attractive lady who asks for his reduction in unravelling a secret that would draw them either right into a international of hidden pleasures. Headmistress of a women academy, Ria Ashby desperately wishes West's support to discover a scholar who has disappeared with out a hint. but she can't support yet be distracted via the promise of ardour in the back of the duke's eco-friendly eyes and roguish grin. quickly their look for the lacking lady leads them to a mystery society constructed from the school's board of governors - an internal sanctum the place sensuality ideas - and tool seduces.
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Eat," he said, his tone brooking no argument. "Do not stand on ceremony. " Mortification made Ria's eyes slide away from West's direct gaze. She stared at her plate, then her lap. Her fingers loosened around her spoon enough to allow her to set it aside. "Never say that something so trifling as a lapse in good manners makes you come undone," West goaded her gently. He regarded the warm muffin and strips of crisp bacon on his plate. " Watching her out of the corner of his eye, he split the muffin and lightly spread sweet butter on the halves.
You do not know her as I do. " West chose not to argue the point. She was right—he did not know Jane—but he was also right, characterizing Jane as a child was not helpful. "What is it you would have me do, Miss Ashby? Have we finally arrived at the reason you set yourself in my path yesterday? You might have ridden to town with Tenley and his brood if you had only meant to attend the service and inform me of my responsibilities to you as guardian. " It was almost what he had expected she would say.
West had taken great pains to see as little of his father as was possible. That had been the duke's wish as well. Neither of them had been unhappy with the arrangement, and no attempt had ever been made to alter it. Still, his father had loomed rather larger than life. It was not possible to be unaware of him, given his services to the Crown. He might have been prime minister had it not been for Liverpool's deft handling of the opposition during the war with Napoleon. The defeat in the parliament had rankled him, West knew, and he imagined his father had been plotting a new stratagem when the cancer struck and made this final ascent to power impossible.
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