Setting: Regency England
Sensuality: Warm (7)
Grace Clarke is no longer willing to accept the position of "poor relations". Her sister has married well and taken her under her wing, so with her new connections, it ought to be a breeze to find a wealthy, titled gentleman to help elevate her station in life. Of course she never expects him to find her. Especially not in such a compromising position. But once she gets over her humiliation, she discovers that the duke next door is far more than just a duke. He's a man who sets her heart--and other parts of her--aflame.
Evan Gilford, Duke of Somerset, has spent the last 15 years trying to avoid his destiny: marriage. But he can't ignore his duty anymore, not with his guilty conscience nagging at him all the bloody time and a betrothed waiting to become his duchess. So he returns to London, only to discover he has a new and rather enchanting neighbor who soon makes him question where his loyalties lie: with his family or his heart.