Every great family has a few secrets best left unspoken. The wild Randalls of Hampshire excel at them.
duchess should be regal, aloof and the image of calm elegance. But
those words have never applied to Mercy, Duchess of Romsey. A widow and
mother of a young duke, Mercy is lonely and floundering to keep the
estate afloat. When she discovers the existence of Leopold Randall, her
husband's estranged cousin, Mercy commits to help him locate his missing
siblings if he'll return the estate to order. Although cautioned
against trusting a man who would inherit everything should her son die,
she impetuously hands over the estate to Leopold's care in the hope of
keeping him near.
Leopold Randall, heir to the young duke, has
returned to Hampshire to demand information regarding the fate of his
missing siblings. Unfortunately, the Duchess of Romsey is clueless about
them, yet her struggle to maintain the estate tugs at Leopold's sense
of duty. At her insistence, he steps in to bring order to chaos while
searching for hints to his family's whereabouts amongst the old duke's
papers. Yet the duchess tempts him in ways best unspoken. He fights to
hide his weakness for her and a shameful past that could see him
banished again. But when Leopold discovers a threat against the duchess
and young duke's life, he must join forces with the temptress to protect
his last known relative.
I want to start out by say I hate these kind of Images for the covers!!! This book was really well written and I am looking forward to reading the following books. But the cover image.... screams cheesy!! This book has just enough mystery to keep a reader entertained and the romance was super sweet. The author gives enough background info so you feel like you know the characters. Leopold's love for Mercy is so sweet and he tries to hide, but not very well!!