Exiled to the country after a disastrous Season, Lady Catherine Jessup finds life at Grimshaw Court far more agreeable than the horrid Marriage Mart of London. Kate allows her companion to step into the shoes of “Lady Catherine” while she pursues the idle life, enjoying her pursuits of reading, drawing, and dreaming of a carefree life.
Lord Stephen Emerson seeks the refuge of his uncle’s country house to escape his marriage-minded mother’s matchmaking ways until he can safely return to University. The bucolic setting allows Stephen to spend the days pursuing sports, long after-dinner promenades, and reading in the evenings. The last thing he wants is to be dragged into a gaggle of females in search of husbands.
The imminent arrival of Kate's guardian threatens to expose her masquerade. Does his presence bring her game to an end, making her an outcast, or provide a catalyst for dreams realized, and will true love follow?
Even though she missed her London Season debut, Lady Eugenia Abbott's dreams of attending exciting parties and meeting dashing young gentlemen comes true as she travels with her aunt to the seaside city of Brighton for some post-Season gaiety.
Lady Eugenia becomes a social success, making the acquaintance of a handful of new close friends and befriending an eccentric Austrian musician. She even catches the attention of an elusive duke, whose curious behavior causes her to question his intentions. In her pursuit of the duke, Lady Eugenia stumbles upon a deadly plot that places her life and that of the man she loves in danger.
Given time, Eugenia can forgive the duplicity, but it's quite another thing to forget the betrayal of her heart.
Robert the Marquess of Haverton desires a chaperone to keep from falling prey to the married, widowed, and single ladies of London. The Duchess of Waverly is sympathetic to her son's predicament and helps him find a suitable female to fill the position.
Miss Catherine Hayward accepts this unusual job. She is surprised to find that the need to keep her new charge from being compromised is genuine. It isn't long before her sympathetic and protective feelings give way to more pleasant, fanciful notions of sharing his company.
Soon Catherine finds herself falling for her employer, the Marquess, which makes her the exact type of woman from whom he is to be protected.
Lady Cassandra Phillips' terms for her inheritance are simple: marry the man her father has chosen and she can keep her fortune and her family estate. However, if Cassie refuses to comply, she will lose everything she has come to know and treasure as her own.
Julian, the elder brother of the estimable Stewart family, whom Cassie's father mandated she will marry into, values family duty and honor above all else. He can wield a pen in business matters and keep his respected, long-established family financially secure, but he knows nothing of love. He will ensure that Cassie adheres to the marriage agreement proposed by their fathers, though it means uniting her with his capricious younger brother, Edward.
Dashing Edward Stewart has the charm and talent to win the heart of any young woman he chooses. The arrangement between the two families seems happily settled, but Cassie's misplaced affection makes her believe that it will be impossible to have both her heart's desire and the man she loves.
Larissa Quinn travels directly from Miss Simmons' Seminary to the wilds of Westmoreland to care for her elderly aunt. After the day-long journey, the only place for the weary travelers to sleep is the barn of an over-booked inn with only a single vacancy.
Larissa, who has no intention of sleeping on a pile of straw, steps forward, claiming to be newly wed to Sir Randall Trent, baronet and unwitting accomplice in Larissa's scheme for adventure, in order to claim the last empty room.
Convinced they will never see one another again and that no one will be the wiser about their little white lie, Larissa and Sir Randall part ways, though not before Sir Randall can bestow upon Larissa a passionate kiss that sends her reeling. Both are surprised to be thrown together again so soon in London for the Season.
When their secret is discovered, Larissa and Sir Randall are forced to band together in the face of a crime spree in which Sir Randall is implicated. Life is about to offer Larissa an adventure unlike any she had ever imagined.
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