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Lady Maria Mottram was plain by ton standards. Yet, gentlemen were drawn to her for her pleasing wit, ability to speak of their favorite pastimes, and for her lofty family connections which made her very handsome indeed. Until one wretched day when her family’s name was attached to scandal. Swept away by friends to Paris, Maria is faced with a whole new heartache of watching the man she has loved forever be captivated by another, and her needing to marry quickly.
Captain Lord Philip Everleigh was one of England’s most dashing heroes. Every man wanted to be him and every lady wanted to have him. He was one of Wellington’s most trusted spies, working under the cover of diplomacy. Numbed with the world of glittering intrigue, he finally finds a beautiful Archduchess who stirs his blood.
Philip and Maria had been close friends since childhood, but Philip’s good judgment appears to be lost to his infatuation. Will Maria be able to save him before it's too late? Will she lose Philip forever and resign herself to a loveless marriage?
War widow Kitty Gordon has been left without a penny to her name. In the two years since her husband Peter’s death, the small pittance his brother had given her has run out despite economizing and taking in as much work as she could. His fellow officers had offered her help, but she’d always refused out of pride. Now she has nothing left, including pride. She seeks a post at her old home, Thackeray Close, hoping her distant relation will have pity on her and take her on as his servant.
Matthias, Lord Thackeray, returned to the army after Napoleon’s escape from Elba, despite having sworn never to fight again following his best friend Peter’s death. Although he survived the bloody carnage at Waterloo, he has not been left unscathed. His leg is shattered and he has been sent home to England to heal. But when he wakes from an injury-induced fever, he finds Kitty, his first love, begging for work as his housekeeper!
Honour bound to provide for his best friend’s widow, Matthias fears Kitty’s presence will create yet more wounds. Fury at his incapacity, and the strain of hiding his true feelings, make him push her away, yet he cannot deny he needs her. How can he turn the tables and make Kitty realize she also needs him?