She can keep her secrets or risk her heart
Lady Emma Hardwick has been living a lie—one that allowed her to keep her son and give him the loving home she’d never had. But now her journal, the one place she’d indulged in the truth, has been stolen. Whoever has it holds the power to bring the life she’s carefully built crumbling to the ground. With her past threatening everything she holds dear, the only person she can trust is the dangerously handsome, tattooed navy captain with whom she dared to spend one carefree night.
Captain Malachi Harlow, Duke of Trenton, would rather throw himself overboard than return to society. But when the Admiralty calls him back home, there is no room for refusal. Crossing paths with the delectable Lady Emma is a welcome distraction that takes a more serious turn when they discover they have a common enemy. Working together could help them both—but will it also bring a temptation neither can resist?
A tryst becomes a second chance at love in Bennett's seductive third Misfits of Mayfair Regency romance (after West End Earl). Single mother Lady Emma Hardwick and Capt. Malachi Harlow spent one unforgettable night together before Malachi shipped out from England. Now Malachi's back, having unexpectedly inherited the title of Duke of Trenton following his older brother's death, and the pair agree to enjoy an affair for the season. Neither expects to get attached: Emma's son is her top priority, and Malachi's ship is his. As Malachi reluctantly takes up his new mantle and uncovers his ambitious mother's schemes, he, Emma, and their best friends all become the target of a blackmailer, throwing their lives and reputations into peril. The high stakes push the lovers to confide their secrets, admit their true feelings, and take a chance on romance. There are enough dirty deeds in this one to sink a ship, but Bennett rarely lets the drama overshadow the romance, balancing deception and mystery with sensual sex scenes and heartwarming discoveries. This is a gem.