New York Times bestselling author Liz Carlyle creates her darkest, most sensuous story yet, as a delectable but desperate governess runs headlong into the path of a notorious rake
Women rarely refuse the wicked Earl of Hepplewood, whose daring exploits are only whispered about. But when his new governess answers his proposition with a slap, then stalks out, references in hand, Hepplewood finds more than his face is burning.
Isabella Aldridge has brains, bravado, and beauty—but the latter is no use to a servant. Her circumstances are desperate, and with Hepplewood's words ringing in her ears, Isabella realizes she must barter her most marketable asset . . . her body.
But when fate sends Isabella back into Hepplewood's arms, the earl must make an impossible choice—draw Isabella down into his sensual darkness, or behave with honor for the first time in his life.
Carlyle (Close Call) deftly combines mesmerizing romance with a hint of mystery in this enticing Regency page-turner. When widowed Isabella Aldridge applies to be a governess to the young daughter of Anthony, Lord Hepplewood, the dissolute earl tells Isabella that he would prefer her as his mistress. Isabella is infuriated that the nobleman would treat her so callously, even as she is inexplicably drawn to him. But she can't find work anywhere else, and she's desperate to support herself and her two younger siblings. What begins as a means of survival becomes much more when she and Hepplewood meet again, and she can't help but succumb to his allure. The encounters between Anthony and Isabella are extremely sensuous while supporting excellent character development. Anthony appears initially to be somewhat cruel, but Isabella soon realizes a most lovable man hides under his loutish exterior, and Anthony discovers that Isabella's staid behavior disguises true passion. Their story of mutual discovery will charm fans of historical romances.