An opinionated tomboy must navigate the dangers of society, unaware her brother's killer is lurking in her midst.
When her brother's ship sinks off the coast of France, Miss Samantha Hastings surrenders her quiet, country life to manage his affairs. Suddenly thrust into society, Samantha faces an unfamiliar world and the unnerving green eyes of Lord Westwood–her brother's best friend and her new guardian.
Benjamin, Lord Westwood, never intended on following through with his rash promise to act as guardian to Edward's bratty little sister. Upon learning of his best friend's death, Benjamin's intention was to marry her off to the first acceptable suitor. When he finds himself falling for Samantha instead, Benjamin alights upon the perfect plan: a marriage of convenience.
The plan, however, quickly unravels when they discover Edward's disappearance was due to foul play. Now, Samantha is in more danger than either of them realized, and Benjamin is running out of time. Can he save the woman he loves...or will murder ruin his perfect plan?
If you enjoy the mystery and intrigue of Amanda Quick and Lisa Kleypas, dive into this spellbinding series filled with history, romance, and suspense.
*WARNING: You may throw this book across the room... it ends on a cliffhanger.
danger lurking around the corner
There is a lot going on in this book. Samantha’s sister-in-law, Wilhelmina, is determined to find her a husband even though Samantha has repeatedly denied wanting one. Benjamin was Edward, Samantha’s brother’s best friend. Before he left on a business trip, Edward made Benjamin promise to act as Samantha’s guardian should something happen to him. Shortly thereafter, Edward’s ship sinks and Benjamin has a promise to keep. This story moves along at a good clip, has a variety of fascinating characters, hidden danger, a mystery to solve and lots of surprises. It does end in a cliffhanger, so we do have to wait for the next book in the series to find out what happens.
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