By Jo Goodman
Evan Marchman has simply inherited a name, lands, and a fortune-but is depressing because the new Duke of Westphal, who prefer the intrigue and adventures of the Compass membership to the tasks of an property. extra promisingly, he has additionally received a ward-a appealing lady who asks for his reduction in unravelling a secret that would draw them either right into a international of hidden pleasures. Headmistress of a girls academy, Ria Ashby desperately wishes West's support to discover a pupil who has disappeared with no hint. but she can't support yet be distracted through the promise of ardour in the back of the duke's eco-friendly eyes and roguish grin. quickly their look for the lacking woman leads them to a mystery society constructed from the school's board of governors - an internal sanctum the place sensuality principles - and gear seduces.
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Northam and his countess had been in conversation with Blackwood earlier, and when West glanced over at Eastlyn, it seemed to him the marquess was looking as if he meant to have a turn with the colonel as well. That was all right, then. West knew he could afford to give his friends first crack at Blackwood. Perhaps it was even better that the others saw him first. The colonel might be moved to take his leave when West was finished serving him a few home truths. John Blackwood, that adviser in the foreign office who directed the activities of the Compass Club, tucked a rug about his thin legs, then pushed his wheeled chair closer to the fire.
Miss Petty disappeared more than a fortnight ago. That was before any of us knew what revelations the duke was preparing to make. You might have gone to Tenley with your concerns. " She hastily added, "There is no animosity between us. " West chuckled and watched as Ria's fair complexion colored. "That is a damning defense you offer. " "I only meant—" She stopped before she made it worse. He knew perfectly well what she'd meant; his view of Tenley could scarcely have been more complimentary. Pushing back his chair, West came to his feet.
She knew he had been sent to Hambrick Hall so that he would not cross paths with his half-brother Tenley at Eton. He had distinguished himself at cricket and rowing, but perhaps more so as a brawler. When she was yet in the schoolroom, he had gone to Cambridge and studied mathematics. The villagers allowed that he was recklessly handsome but still no better than he ought to be. They were suspicious of his successes, and not a little envious of them, telling wild tales of smuggling French brandy and debauchery on the Continent.