When Nathan Shern, Duke of Byworth’s, sham of a marriage is threatened by a fellow duke he is naturally aggrieved. He cannot allow the potentially damaging contents of his wife’s diary to expose the depths of their estrangement because exposure of his secret dalliances with other men would taint his innocent children’s lives. Not to mention end his life. So, without revealing his mission to his steward, Henry Stackpool, a man he trusts for everything else, Nathan undertakes to steal the diary back alone.
Former pickpocket Henry Stackpool works hard to keep his position as right hand to the Duke of Byworth, but he fears his kind-hearted employer is ill-equipped for a confrontation with his unstable opponent. Henry cannot explain the source of his knowledge of the danger without exposing the secrets of his past or his keen interest in Byworth’s continued safety. So when fate places Henry in harm’s way, he risks his hard won reputation and freedom to retrieve the duchess’s diary himself. When Byworth unwittingly comes to his rescue, Henry has a great deal of explaining to do if he wants to keep the country life he’s grown to love.
Author’s Note: This novella contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations some readers may find objectionable: anal play/intercourse, light spanking, male/male sexual practices.