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Having spent two years abroad to avoid his father's schemes to see him wed, Oliver Darby returns to England to claim his inheritance. As Earl of Stanton, and confirmed bachelor, he expects to settle into a comfortable life. However, when he discovers his sister, Rose, is missing and has not been seen for six months, it's evident his father is capable of manipulating events from beyond the grave.
When Nicole Flint accepted the role of paid companion to Lady Rose Darby, nothing was as it seemed. Whisked away from London to a haunted manor that once housed the insane, the two ladies are kept prisoner with no hope of reprieve. But when an opportunity arises for one of them to escape, Nicole knows she must be the one to stay. After all, her purpose for working has nothing to do with money, and everything to do with the need to hide from her controlling brother.
Thrown together in a wild adventure full of lies and deceit, guilt forces Oliver and Nicole to search for the lost Lady Rose. The overwhelming attraction that exists between them only complicates matters. He's a man driven by passion and lust. She's a lady looking for true love. But on their journey of discovery, both must learn that the two are inexplicably entwined.
I love it when a romance is more than just a romance. All of the winning elements – mystery, danger, sorrow, bravery, deception, loyalty and love – are to be found within this absorbing tale. – Amazon reviewer