Some Rules Simply Beg to be Broken
A dressmaker in London's busiest shop, Miss Anabelle Honeycote overhears the ton's steamiest secrets-and (occasionally) uses them to her advantage. It isn't something she's proud of, but the reluctant blackmailer needs the money to care for her gravely ill mother. To make up for her misdeeds, Anabelle keeps to a firm set of rules:
Never request payment from someone who cannot afford it.
Never reveal the secrets of a paying client.
Never enter into any form of social interaction with a client.
Her list keeps her (somewhat) honest-until she encounters Owen Sherbourne, the Duke of Huntford.
Not only does Owen nip Anabelle's extortion plans in the bud, the devilishly handsome Duke soon has the sexy seamstress dreaming of more than silks and satins. With Owen Anabelle enjoys pleasures she never imagined. . . until a scandal from the past resurfaces. Now her rules could mean his family's ruin. Owen's searing kisses carry the promise of passion, but how will he react when Anabelle's most devastating secret is finally revealed?
Seamstress Annabelle Honeycote has a secret. In fact, she has several, and she keeps them to herself for a small fee, following a strict code of "Nevers" to keep her blackmail schemes in check. When she targets handsome Owen Sherbourne, the duke of Huntford, her plans fail spectacularly. Owen is captivated by the beguiling extortionist, and rather than turn her over to authorities, he insists she create new wardrobes for his two sisters, feisty Olivia and mute Rose. As the days pass, Annabelle becomes closer to the sisters and falls deeply in love with Owen. Soon, the secrets she promised to keep may have to be revealed to save the new family she's come to adore. Sensual and solid, this debut is a story demanding to be read. The characters are believable and relatable, and Barton smartly blends issues of morality and Regency-era social class with passion and excitement.