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It is a truth universally acknowledged that a lady in danger must be in need of rescue, but whether she wants to be rescued is up for debate . . .
England, 1867: Miss Poppy Delamare is living a lie. To escape an odious betrothal, she fled to London where she's been hiding as the unassuming secretary Flora Deaver. However, when her beloved sister is accused of murder, Poppy cannot leave her to the wolves. Only a most unexpected - and unwelcome - collision interrupts her journey home . . .
Despite a rather dismal first meeting, Joshua Fielding, the Duke of Langham, has no intention of abandoning a lady in need. But he's not above asking a favour. A fake betrothal will give Poppy and her sister the power of the dukedom and protect Langham from the society misses intent on becoming his duchess.
Yet the longer the ruse goes on, the more Poppy and Langham realize how false their first impressions were - and the less pretend their engagement feels. But before Langham can propose in truth, their search reveals a tangled web of lies and betrayals. With time running out, can Poppy and Langham find the real culprit? Before Poppy becomes the next victim?
Praise for Manda Collins
'Witty, intelligent, and hard to put down' Rachel Van Dyken
'Manda Collins heats up the ballroom and writes romance to melt even the frostiest duke's heart' Tessa Dare
'Utterly charming' Popsugar
'Manda Collins is a delight!' Elizabeth Hoyt
'Mystery, romance, and an indomitable heroine make for a brisk, compelling read' Madeline Hunter
'Sexy and smart historical romance, with a big dash of fun' Vanessa Kelly
'Sexy, thrilling, romantic . . . Manda Collins makes her Regency world a place any reader would want to dwell' Kieran Kramer
At the start of Collins's crafty third Ladies Most Scandalous romance (after An Heiress's Guide to Deception and Desire), Poppy Delamere has been living in disguise as Flora Deavers for two years to avoid the unwanted marriage her parents attempted to force on her. She returns to the family fold, however, to clear her sister of accusations that she murdered her philandering husband. When a pickpocket relieves her of her funds on her journey home, she reluctantly accepts assistance from Joshua Fielding, Duke of Langham. The way Joshua sees it, they can help each other: he needs a fake fiancé to spend the week with him at his family's house party and curtail his grandmother's matchmaking schemes, and Poppy could benefit from the protection of his title while investigating the crime and trying to catch the true killer. As they work together, Poppy learns that the duke is not arrogant and heartless, as she first believed, but gallant and genuine, while Joshua falls for Poppy's fire, quick wit, and loyalty to her sister. The mystery unfolds effortlessly, delivering a slew of suspects, tantalizing clues, and danger around every corner without ever overshadowing the love story. This sensual romance will have pages flying.