He's known as the Earl of Bastards…
If society thinks the nickname is an insult, they are sorely mistaken. Mason, the Earl of Baxter, has grown up knowing he's the illegitimate son of the Duke of Devonshire, otherwise known as the Demon Duke. He'll join his father in hell before he bows before any man or woman of the peerage.
She's an orphan with a dark secret…
Most think Clarissa is a saint. She's tended wounded soldiers and helped raise forgotten children. But she is not all that she appears and there are dark secrets in her past that threaten her tenuous opportunities for the future. No one can know how she managed to escape…except one man already does…the Earl of Baxter.
And what he'll do with that information is anyone's guess.
She can't control him anymore that she can the loud thrumming of her heart anytime the man walks into the room. But when specters from her past begin to circle closer she must make a choice. Does she trust the Earl of Bastards? And if she does, will she lose her heart?
Six years ago, Mason was lying injured in the basement of a church, sure he would die. Two good things happened. A kind young girl tended his wound and cared for him and his brother found him and took him home. He has searched for the girl ever since, hoping to find and take care of her. He did not expect to find her all grown up and at a friend’s wedding.
This is a wonderful love story. Clarissa is the kind and caring girl Mason remembers. Mason is strong and protective; of Clarissa and the girls she and Penny care for. He is also rich enough to support the orphanage she wishes to open. The way to happy ever isn’t completely smooth. A bad penny turns up; Clarissa has secrets she believes will drive Mason away. A short sweet story that make you cry a little and smile a lot, what more could you want. I really enjoyed this one. Next, Mason’s brother, the Duke of Decadence.
I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.