|Publisher:||Berkley Pub Group|
|Publish Date:||Jun 2013|
|Number of Pages:||310|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.34|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||4.25 x 6.75 x 1.0|
Three princesses from the German principality of Holstein-Schweinwald-Huhnhof are forced to flee to England following the murders of their father, the prince, and the husband of Luisa, the eldest sister and heir. They arrive at the London residence of their uncle the Duke of Olympia and a plan is hatched to keep the young women safe while discovering who is behind the assassinations. Disguised as a young man, Emilie is sent to the Yorkshire estate of the reclusive Duke of Ashland to serve as tutor to his 16-year-old son, Freddie.
The duke was severely maimed and disfigured during the campaign in Afghanistan in the 1870's, and his wife left him. Now, once a month, the duke is entertained by a female in a room at the Ashland Spa Hotel. Emilie manages well as tutor Tobias Grimsby, yet at the hotel dressed as herself, Emilie is mistaken for the woman trysting with the duke and finds herself in a room, stripped to her chemise, with Ashland in a chair while she reads to him.
Verdict: Emilie, "who, beneath her quiet and dutiful exterior, craved adventure", finds more than adventure with a man who suffered greatly for his country and now thinks he knows a semblance of peace with a seductive young woman. Featuring astute writing and charm, this work from Gray (A Duke Never Yields) sets off a new series with some serious heat.
-Bette-Lee Fox, Library Journal
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WITH A NEW INTRODUCTION BY THE AUTHOR