This isn't the typical Regency. The novel opens with the lonely widower Constantine, Earl of Grayling entering a bordello. His wife died two years ago in childbirth. Constantine meets the first woman in those two years that stirs his blood, Calista. Calista is an alias for Meredith Clark, and as we read further, we discover that Meredith Clark is an alias too. Meredith has suffered trauma in her past and is hiding from her family, but she is content in her life. Constantine develops feelings for Calista and buys her evenings for an entire week. He asks her to be his mistress and when she refuses, the governess for his three daughters. Constantine's friend Arabella, Lady Farnsworth, has seen happier in the two years since his wife died and tracks down Meredith. She convinces Meredith to be the governess for the three girls. Toward the end, we discover Meredith's real name and what had happened to her.
This is the fourth book in a series. Heather Boyd did a great job making the reader feel like they weren't reading part of a series. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and now want to read the other three novels.
The only puzzling thing is how the title fits with the book.
I give this book five out of five stars.
I received this book as an Advanced Reader copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for the opportunity to read this book!