Published by berkley, Pocket Books on March 25, 2014
Genres: Historical Romance
Source: Personal copy
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Sensible and lonely, Olivia Mather survives by her wits—and her strict policy of avoiding trouble. But when she realizes that the Duke of Marwick might hold the secrets of her family’s past, she does the unthinkable, infiltrating his household as a maid. She’ll clean his study and rifle through his papers looking for information.
Alastair de Grey has a single reason to live: vengeance. More beautiful than Lucifer, twice as feared, and thrice as cunning, he’ll use any weapon to punish those who fooled and betrayed him—even an impertinent maid who doesn’t know her place. But the more fascinated he becomes with the uppity redhead, the more dangerous his carefully designed plot becomes. For the one contingency he forgot to plan for was falling in love…and he cannot survive being fooled again.
This was a new take on pretending to be a maid in a duke’s household. Our duke has had his foundation rocked, and his solution is to shut down, and shut the world out. He drinks and shouts at his staff to leave him alone. And they do. So when he’s in need of a housekeeper, and Olivia is in dire need of a way in to steal some papers from him, everything falls into place.
But this hot-tempered and bossy housekeeper of his won’t leave him alone. She insists on cleaning his rooms, straightening up, ordering him to bathe. She’s insufferable. And she’s really pretty when she’s angry with him.
Olivia has come to the Duke of Marwick’s residence in hopes that they’ll hire her on as a maid. She’s got more than she’s bargained for when she’s taken on as the housekeeper. She needs to get some letters from him, but she can’t search his rooms if he never leaves them. So she starts standing up to him, when no one else has. She forces him to get his act together, and in the process begins to like him.
And he begins to like her.
But she still needs those papers.
This was absolutely a 5 star book. I’ve loved every book in this series, but this was my favorite so far. Olivia is a kickass heroine, and Alastair is a broken man who realizes that he isn’t his mistakes. He’s more than that. And he doesn’t have to hide anymore.
Read this whole series, and thank me later!
***Review Copy courtesy of Pocket Books