From an elite London gentleman’s club to a genteel Scottish estate, scandal becomes a family affair in this dazzling tale of deception and unexpected love . . .
Miss Miranda is not really a Miss, exactly. Nor is her name Miranda, exactly. But to escape her tyrannical duke of a father, changes were required. Now in the Scottish countryside, employed by her new brother-in-law’s unsuspecting friend, Heathcliff Marston, Viscount Kilpatrick, Miranda feels safe—except for the danger of falling in love. And the Viscount’s broad shoulders and seductive brogue are no help at all. Certainly, a peer of the realm would never entertain a dalliance with the help . . . And definitely not kiss the help . . . Except this Viscount isn’t a typical peer of the realm . . .
Between managing Temptations and his newly acquired ward, the last thing Heathcliff needs is investigators inexplicably hounding him about the whereabouts of some duke’s runaway daughter. At least he’s secured a governess—no doubt a sour woman. Or so he expects, until he meets intriguing Miranda. Now Heathcliff is the one faced with temptation. But there’s more to lovely Miranda than meets the eye—a truth that could change the course of all their futures . . .
Praise for Kristin Vayden’s Heart of a Cowboy
“Obsessed. That’s how I felt while reading this book, like every page was better than the previous. Just try to put this down, I dare you.”
—#1 New York Times bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken
This tepid follow-up to Falling from His Grace, set in Regency-era Edinburgh, lacks the luster of its predecessor, and the romance is so thin, it's almost nonexistent. Lady Samantha Chatterworth uses a false identity to shield herself from being found by her overbearing father, a duke who's determined to force her into a loveless marriage. She becomes governess to the ward of Heathcliff Marston, Viscount Kilpatrick, and immediately charms Heathcliff with her intellect and beauty. Heathcliff has been deceived by a woman in the past, and he vows not to get too attached to "Miss Miranda," despite the rush he gets every time they kiss. He feels there's nothing wrong with some fun as long as everyone involved keeps it in perspective. When Heathcliff learns that Miss Miranda is really the sister of his best friend's wife, instead of feeling betrayed, he accepts her motives and agrees to continue to aid her, but he's much less willing to have an affair with a highborn lady than he was with a governess. When her father's men catch up to her, Heathcliff offers marriage as a form of protection. The romance has a lot of potential but is bogged down in unnecessary details of other events. Iris, Heathcliff's ward, provides some shine, but her vivaciousness is not enough to carry the story. Those who enjoyed the previous book will find this one disappointing.