Steam Level: 2.5 on a scale of 0 to 5. Closed-door, but not strictly clean.
Will Fairwell, third son and failed clergyman, is good at whist and managing his family’s fortunes. He is not good at being tall, handsome, or keeping quiet for more than six seconds.
Naturally, he’s fallen for the one woman in London who doesn’t want to marry him for his money. He knows a nervy chatterbox like himself has little hope of charming the beautiful, confident Miss Frances MacDougal. But she’s worth being brave for....
Frances MacDougal intends to marry for love—someday. As a girl, she turned down the life of a shopkeeper’s daughter in order to follow the siren call of Shakespeare. Now that she’s a leading lady, she’ll enjoy every second of her success. So the attentions of the rich, respectable, and hilariously awkward Mr Fairwell are a flattering amusement—nothing more!
But not even her career can stop her from rushing home when her father’s in need. And when she arrives in Edinburgh to discover her name in the papers as a possible accessory to murder—and the suspected lover of a killer—she’s stunned. All her efforts to guard her reputation have been for naught.
She knows she shouldn’t be so very pleased when Mr Fairwell offers to pose as her utterly respectable fiancé. Yet she’s spent an awful lot of time taking care of things by herself. Is it so wrong to want someone she can depend on?
And in time, might she accept not just his help—but his hand and his heart?
Kitty has finally escaped country life to her first London Season. John is resolved to never again reach above his class. When sparks fly, best made plans will go awry.
Despite her acting career, Frances is determined to live respectably. Will knows the most beautiful woman in the world couldn't possibly be interested in him - even if he helps her escape from dangerous scandal.
Louisa is a fallen woman who for the first time in her life is able to make her own choices. Ned, wounded in war, is just managing to keep his life together. Will their attraction heal or hurt?
Copyright 2019 (c) Augustine Lang