The year is 1816. The Duke of Beckworth has died without a direct heir. As the solicitors attempt to find the next Duke, what happens with the people that depend on Beckworth for their livelihood? There are five books in this series, each written by a different author.
Adele Vere has been molded into the perfect English model of womanhood by her foster mother. She is the perfect governess of the Duke's ward. The old Duke demanded that she learn to ride. Since then, she has been tortured by stable master Edward Coyne's hands and how he touched her. It was the lingering touch as he helped her mount, the way he arranged her knee over the horn and placed her boot into the stirrup. She is afraid that Edward is going to discover that is is only a facade and discover who she truly is.
A small fire accidentally lit by the Duke's ward brings them closer. Adele is more aware of Edward. Caught in a rainstorm, Edward seduces Adele. Can she take the risk with Edward?
I thoroughly enjoyed the slow, subtle seduction from the riding lessons to the rain storm. This was a wonderful novella.
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