Pride, Lust, Envy and Greed…vices that could lead a gentleman down the road to ruin. Unless he meets his saving grace in the form of a painfully shy heiress.
An exuberant greeting and a mistaken identity set sparks flying between Lady Phoebe Lippincott and Baron Marcus Summerfield. The baron braces himself to catch the beautiful hoyden rushing down the staircase—either that or land tangled together on the floor! Not the impression he hoped to make when meeting the Duke of Wyndmere for the first time.
Summerfield is encouraged by his cousin’s success seeking monetary assistance from the duke. He plans to nudge the duke to fill his pockets so he can enjoy the life he feels entitled to lead. The duke surprises him by offering his London town house for the baron to use in his search for a bride among this Season’s new crop of debutantes.
The baron accepts and leaves before he can be further entranced by the duke’s engaging, curvaceous, dark-haired, blue-eyed sister. Lady Phoebe Lippincott is a delightful armful who captivates the baron, but he cannot afford to be distracted from his goal.
Phoebe has been slowly emerging from the shell she has been hiding in since a madman held her at knifepoint at her brother’s first ball. After meeting Baron Summerfield, Phoebe’s interest ignites. She’s tempted to travel to London and bury herself in the round of entertainment the Season promises. There is only one problem—the baron will be staying at her brother’s town house! Her sister-in-law offers a solution. Her mother, Lady Farnsworth, happily agrees to chaperone Phoebe who will be staying with Lady Farnsworth in London.
The baron is the victim of a plot that begins with smuggled French brandy and ends with a massive headache, two Pinks of the ton, and a bevy of demireps staying at the duke’s townhouse. As he tries to extricate himself from his uninvited guests, the pair see another way to entrap the baron that involves the duke and his sister, Lady Phoebe.
Phoebe and Marcus cannot take their eyes off one another every time they meet. The pair who seek to discredit the baron and plan to kidnap Phoebe are thwarted in their attempts by the duke’s guard. When it is the baron who is kidnapped, Phoebe’s the one to receive the ransom note and rushes to the rescue armed with a brass paperweight and a handful of ribbon-wrapped hat pins!
When the Pinks who seek revenge against the baron, and the duke, try another kidnapping attempt, and have Phoebe’s carriage surrounded, the baron has to listen to his heart.
Will Marcus be able to give up his overwhelming need for monetary gain and prestige among his peers in exchange for Phoebe’s hand in marriage? Will Phoebe completely emerge from her shell to trust her heart to Marcus?
The Lords of Vice
Mending the Duke's Pride
Avoiding the Earl's Lust
Tempering the Viscount's Envy
Redirecting the Baron's Greed